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A La Carte (August 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals aren’t the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, but there are some really solid books there.

(For another solid book, check out The Whole Armor of God, on sale at Westminster.)

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis

Anne Kennedy: “In the world of self-help, a genre to which Americans are peculiarly addicted, Rachel Hollis is suddenly ascendant — her diminutive figure bolstered in six-inch heels, her flawlessly high-lighted hair extensions framing her bright, inviting smile. She is the with-it cream at the very top of an already fulsome pitcher. Her enthusiastic ‘Girl, You Can Do It!’ inspires millions of women to reach deep into their pockets and plunk down their money with a restless hope.”

Overcoming the Fear of Evangelism

“God has tasked every Christian with communicating the good news of the gospel to the lost. For some of us, it comes naturally. It’s easy and effortless. If that’s you then you probably don’t need to keep reading. For others, not so much. It’s a struggle. It feels unnatural, forced, and uncomfortable. Concern floods our mind.”

5 Actions of Faithful Evangelists

Speaking of evangelism…

Themelios 44.2

The more scholarly among you will be glad to know that a new issue of Themelios is now available.

Is There a Difference between Pastors and Elders?

Do these two terms refer to two offices, or to just one?

The Original Kindle Was Crazy

It’s fun to go back a little bit and remember the craziness of the first Kindle.

Demas Versus St Paul On Instagram

Here’s an imaginative version of how Demas and Paul might have Instagrammed major changes in life.

Flashback: God’s Mercy and God’s Wrath Meet at the Cross

This is the wonder of the cross, that here we see the fullest measure of wrath and the fullest measure of mercy at the same time in the same place and all because of the same Savior. At the cross, we see wrath and mercy meet.

Love breaks the hold of individualism; it builds new communities out of the ashes of broken and fragmented relationships.

—Edward Welch

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    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…