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A La Carte (August 29)

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There are some great Kindle deals today that include Paul Washer’s trilogy on the gospel.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books for August)

Is Reading the Bible a Chore or a Delight?

“The Bible’s prime purpose is to bring glory to God. It does that by declaring his excellence and establishing his kingdom and, finally and wonderfully, by bringing all things together under one Head, even Christ. As long as we insist on reading the Bible as if it were all about us, we will not only miss the point, we will find it dull because we won’t be interested in the character that it is describing—God himself.”

Do Inconsistencies in the Gospels Undermine Scripture’s Inerrancy?

It’s good to have an answer to this one. “If you’re a skeptical reader of Scripture, be honest about your questions. Pray about the concern, study the text carefully, and pose questions to a trusted source. Don’t be afraid to ask honest questions of the text, and to seek help answering if you need it.”

A Nashville Statement Symposium

It is the one-year anniversary of the release of the Nashville Statement and CBMW shared an online symposium reflecting on it.

The Strange Protestant Bible of Henry VIII (Video)

“This video looks at the Great Bible of Henry VIII published in 1539, and it shows how the Tyndale translations were copied into the Coverdale and Matthew Bibles to end up making a uniquely Protestant Bible for a king who didn’t want it.”

Can Someone Be Spiritually Healthy and Still Experience Mental Health Challenges?

It’s a tricky question, this. “Can someone (a) embrace the gospel, (b) practice spiritual disciplines, display (c) personal devotion and (d) devout character, and (e) have a robust theology and still experience mental health challenges?”

How We Pray for the Nations

Does your church faithfully pray for the nations? “If we don’t learn to pray and weep for souls—it will be highly unlikely that our children and grandchildren will give themselves for the work of missions. We can’t expect to see God raise up men and women like Adoniram Judson, William Carey, and Amy Carmichael from a church who places very little emphasis on praying and laboring in the work of gospel missions among the nations. May the nations be glad!”

Watch D. A. Carson’s introduction to the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible

Biblical Theology allows you to ponder the individual stories and themes of Scripture while observing how they all fit together in God’s grand biblical narrative. With 3 articles introducing Biblical Theology, 25 articles unpacking key themes of Scripture, and over 20,000 study notes, the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible equips you to follow the progressive unfolding of God’s story.

Flashback: The Lost Virtue of Self-Control

We revel in the freedom of the gospel, not realizing that the gospel doesn’t free us from self-control, but to self-control.

Men treat God’s sovereignty as a theme for controversy, but in Scripture it is matter for worship.

—J.I. Packer

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…