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A La Carte (August 20)


I am spending the day at Sing! 2019 in Nashville. If you happen to see me, feel free to say hello. I’ll also be making a few appearances on the free livestream if you’re watching from afar.

Today’s Kindle deals include some titles that may be of interest.

(Yesterday on the blog: These Have Been Good Days, But Hard Times)

A Letter to My Daughter’s Birth Mother

What a sweet letter!

Why You Should Read More (and Less) Books

Should you read more books or less (fewer?)? Both, kind of. “Books have had a profound impact on my life. I’ve always enjoyed reading but there was something about high school and being ‘forced’ to read that I didn’t like. Later, though, I rediscovered my joy for reading and haven’t looked back. I wouldn’t consider myself a fast reader really — I wish I could read faster actually. But that hasn’t stopped me from consuming a few books over the years. And what I want to do in this post is to encourage you to read more (and less) books…”

How to Make a Theological Argument

Wyatt Graham: “Have you ever wondered how to make a theological argument? While many tools can help us make arguments, there are four main steps to making a theological argument. Here they are…”

The 9 Best-Worst Sermon Illustrations Ever Used

You’ll enjoy this.

Your Church Needs More Time for Personal Testimonies

This is good: “I get it. There are a lot of cautions and concerns we might justifiably have about people giving testimonies. Nonetheless, we should consider implementing personal testimonies, that is, the practice of remembering God’s wondrous works and celebrating his mighty deeds in our lives and churches.”

Every Day a Monday

If you’re into podcasts (or interviews) you may enjoy this one I did for the Every Day a Monday podcast. I enjoyed it, at least!

Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs

R.C. Sproul wisely tells how and how not to handle the book of Proverbs.

Flashback: The Best Day You’ve Ever Had

The pleasures of this present world are pleasurable indeed. But the greatest of them must pale in comparison to the least pleasures of the world to come.

The fear of consequences may keep us from committing the outward acts of murder or adultery, but only love will keep us from committing murder or adultery in our hearts.

—Jerry Bridges

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    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…