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A La Carte (August 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few titles that may be of interest.

(Yesterday at the blog I wrote about the one time it’s good to go back and consider some of the sins you’ve committed in the past.)

The Anger-Porn Connection

I don’t love this treatment of the issue, but I still think there’s value in pointing out the connection between anger and pornography. From so much of what I’ve seen and read, there is a clear connection between porn use and anger. “The biggest reason for a sex addict’s anger, however, is the double life he has lived for so long. Sex addicts are full of secrets and secrets fuel shame. The secrets, like a tumor, grow inside them until they affect every part of their life.”

God Himself (Video)

I really appreciate what Matthew Smith has done in breathing new life into this old hymn.

The Many Faces of Brooklyn’s Greatest Imposter

“There are those who impersonate other people for money and fame, and then there are people like Stanley Clifford Weyman (not his real name), Brooklyn’s greatest imposter, who did it for the love of living in the skin of others. Throughout his life, Weyman impersonated military officials, political figures, and even the personal doctor of Rudolph Valentino’s widow—all just because he wanted to.”

When Your Opportunities and Influence Fade

“Finding peace and joy when your opportunities and influence are less isn’t easy.” But it’s possible.

Why Are There So Many Interpretations of the Bible? (Video)

Dr. Robert Plummer answers in the latest episode of Honest Answers from Southern Seminary.

Before You Fire Your Pastor

“It happened again this week. A pastor contacted me to let me know his deacons asked for his resignation. The reason? No one was really clear about it. The best I can discern the issue was change, or the pace of change.”

My 7 Least Productive Habits

I think a lot of us would echo these seven bad habits.

Flashback: One Very Good Reason to Read Your Bible

If you can’t or won’t do devotions for your own sake, won’t you do it for the sake of others? Won’t you do it for their good, even if not for your own?

When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.

—A.W. Tozer

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.