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A La Carte (August 23)


Today’s Kindle deals include a list of contemporary books from Zondervan plus a collection of spiritual classics from Moody.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on a new book by David Powlison. It deals with an urgent and important topic.

(Yesterday at the blog I offered One Way To Make Sure You’re Preaching a Sermon, Not Leading a Bible Study.)

Do You Love God’s Law?

Sinclair Ferguson: “At a PGA Tour tournament in October 2015, Ben Crane disqualified himself after completing his second round. He did so at considerable financial cost. No matter—Crane believed the personal cost of not doing it would be greater (encouraged by a devotional article he had read that morning by Davis Love III, the distinguished former Ryder Cup captain).”

What Good Can a Heretic Bring?

In a strange way, the church ultimately benefits from heretics (at least when the church responds properly to their heresy). “Downgrade, as Spurgeon called it, is an insidious assault by the enemy, but like all the enemy’s work God will use it for good. In what follow I list five benefits of heresy. I’m sure there are more. But here are five.”

Throwing It Away

This story about Ken Pagan (who achieved notoriety for a particularly stupid drunken act) offers all kinds of warnings.

What “One Little Word” Will Fell Satan?

Have you ever wondered this when singing “A Mighty Fortress?”

Marriage is as One Long Conversation

“The cusp of our friendship was on deep conversation, leading to dates full of long, easy talks, quiet pauses, intentional listening, and slow responses. This was the long conversation of marriage I wanted, I could see that clearly from our first date.”

How Far Does $1 Million Go in Retirement?

$1 million is said to be the retirement benchmark. Here’s how far that money will go.

The Book He Wasn’t Supposed to Write

There’s a bit of bad language in this article. But there are also some profound insights that will be helpful to writers.

Flashback: 9 Parenting Truths from John Piper

John Piper addressed the question, Does Proverbs Promise My Child Will Not Stray? As you might have guessed, the question was based on Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” He ended the episode by sharing 9 truths for parents to remember and follow.

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies.

—Hudson Taylor

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of