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A La Carte (August 13)


Today’s Kindle deals include a selection of good books, some for general readers and some for the more academically inclined.

Parents and/or grandparents may want to take a look at this week’s deal from Westminster Books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why You Really Need To Be Praying For Your Pastor)

COVID-19 and the Power of a Pastor’s Phone

“Research has shown a surge in the technological capabilities and adoption of churches across the country. Even congregations that had never live-streamed a worship service embraced new technology and did whatever was necessary in order to maintain a semblance of community worship. But the most interesting and underreported aspect in these developments has been the reliance on old technology—the phone—in order to keep in touch with church members.”

Christian Colleges: God Wants You to Wear a Mask to Class

CT takes a look at various Christian colleges to see how they are preparing to welcome students back to campus while minimizing the risk of an outbreak. “At Christian colleges across the country, incoming students pledge to comply with biblical standards for belief and behavior. This year, the appeals to love your neighbor and advance God’s mission have been applied to public health guidelines too, as schools ask students to promise to disinfect their dorm rooms, limit social interactions, and wear masks to class.”

A #2020 Confession

I appreciated this prayer of confession.

Clarifying the Bible

Be sure to check out the great new resources for better understanding the Bible over at Clarifying the Bible. (Sponsored)

When to Use Your Language Knowledge

This is a really good article about when to use your language knowledge in a sermon. The answer: very rarely. The explanation? “Appealing to the grammar or the vocabulary of the original languages will likely not prove the point you hope to prove, nor should it persuade the audience you seek to persuade.”

6 Dangerous Social Media Habits for Pastors to Avoid

“Today there are many ways for pastors to disqualify—or at least embarrass—themselves, but few are as easy and fatal as social media. One friend of mine remarked recently that before looking for a church, Christians should check a pastor’s social media feed. That’s good advice.” I can’t deny that I’d do the same!

The Way Home

I was recently a guest on Dan Darling’s podcast where we talked about how Christians should engage online. (You may want to check out his book, releasing next week, titled A Way With Words.)

A Plea to Church Members: Give Your Pastor Grace

This is quite similar to the article I shared yesterday. “Pastoral ministry is already a highly criticized, stressful calling. Add a pandemic and you may have a pastor who is questioning his calling and/or is on the brink of burnout—a dangerous place to be, for sure.”

Flashback: Why We Love to Read

Some books yield nothing but nonsense; some yield nothing but ideas you have come across a thousands times before. But then, at last, you find that one that delivers. There is such joy in it. Such reward.

The law of God, though it can and does teach us the way of holiness, can never bring us holiness. The Lord God alone remains our sanctification.

—Harold Senkbeil

  • A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    As we live out the Christian life and cooperate with the Holy Spirit through the precious means of grace, we face a number of foes, a number of enemies that mean to derail us from our pursuit of God. Of all those enemies, none may be more prevalent and none more deadly than complacency.

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

    A La Carte: Don’t regret your past—redeem it / Parents, are you raising angry partisans? / You’re gonna lose everything / My husband and I keep fighting over the same thing / What are the “all things” I can do in Christ? / How are we handling generational differences? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

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    A La Carte (May 24)

    A La Carte: To sit in the threat of loss / The world cannot be gender blind / The missing years / Too much times / Finding freedom in God’s providence / The weighted vest of pastoral ministry / A micro course for pastors / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 23)

    A La Carte: How a wife entrusts her husband to God / Everyone has their own facts now / A better way to look at missions / The secret of contentment / Hospitality—a command for our joy / Are you barely hanging on? / and more.