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A La Carte (August 29)


Today’s Kindle deals include just a few little deals to check out.

(Yesterday at the blog I encouraged dads to Nurture Your Children.)

Praying in the Middle of a Storm

A Houston pastor tells how you can pray for his city.

When You Can’t Hear God, Keep Talking to Him

“Our world is filled with sin and suffering, the kind of pain and darkness that creeps into every single heart and life. There’s no way around it. Following Jesus will rescue us from a thousand evils, but it will not keep us from getting hurt in this life.”

How Princess Diana Created a New Era of Celebrity

“As a star, Diana was the first to merge the natural intrigue of royalty with the cleverness and panache of Hollywood. She remains, two decades after her death, perhaps the most compelling practitioner of celebrity in modern history.”

Bible Verses Prosperity Preachers Wish Didn’t Exist

Conrad Mbewe lists them.

An Elite Chess Player Who’s Open About His Faith

“On the small planet where elite chess players dwell, very few people worship Jesus Christ.” But here is an exception.

The Urgency of Preaching

Al Mohler: “Has preaching fallen on hard times? An open debate is now being waged over the character and centrality of preaching in the church. At stake is nothing less than the integrity of Christian worship and proclamation. How did this happen?”

A 1,000-Year-Old Texas Oak Tree Stands Firm

Perhaps there is a parable or illustration here. “Amid this ongoing disaster, one iconic local inhabitant is standing its ground: the 1,000-year-old Big Tree at Goose Island State Park near Rockport.”

Flashback: 20 Quick Tips to Improve Your Productivity

We all want to be productive, right? And no matter how productive we are, we all want to be more productive still. Here are 20 real-world, time-tested tips to improve your productivity.

As in all warfare, the two essential elements in victory are knowing your enemy and knowing your resources.

—Sinclair Ferguson

  • 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.