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A La Carte (August 30)

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There are a few minor Kindle deals today.

Here’s a major deal from Logos: For just a few days Logos has discounted the 61-volume Word Biblical Commentary to just $399.99 (down from the usual $1199.99). That’s great value on a set that has many excellent volumes.

How to Kill Your Anger so You Can Represent Christ to the World

“Our culture is angry. You only have to be on social media for five minutes to see this is true. And the amount of anger we’re seeing will only increase as the various sides of our culture move farther and farther apart from each other. The first response to disagreement, particularly online, is often anger, and herein lies a danger for all of us who are engaging people with apologetics: It’s easy to fall right into that cultural pattern in our own responses to people. This is something we need to fight.”

And Now, the Star of the Show….

There are some good thoughts on preaching here. “Preaching is one time in the week when we have the opportunity to hear about something other than ourselves, other than the horizontal. It’s the time to hear about God and the wonder and mysteries of his love, of what he’s done for us in Christ. But more and more, evangelical preaching has become another way we talk about ourselves, and in this case, to learn about the preacher.”

I’m thankful for the ministry impact of Southern Seminary. Southern graduates are trusted to proclaim the truth in churches all over the world. Learn more about how Southern is a seminary. #TrustedForTruth

9 Questions to Ask Before Addressing Cultural Issues at Your Church

“The preacher must assess both the culture and the congregation in order to determine whether to engage certain concerns that arise. Clarity in this matter is essential, but how does the preacher gain such clarity? Let’s consider nine questions that will serve as indicators for the expositor, helping you discern the extent of the concern and whether it should impact your upcoming sermon.” Preachers would do well to consider these.

Was Jesus a Person of Color? An Immigrant? A Palestinian?

Like Jesse Johnson, I’ve been hearing more and more people refer to Jesus as a person of color, an immigrant, and a Palestinian. He looks at why this terminology isn’t accurate or helpful when it comes to our Savior.

No Pang Shall be Mine?

“John Wesley famously summarised the final outworking of the gospel in the hearts of those within early Methodism with the memorable words, ‘Our people die well’. As a summary of the power of gospel hope to hold out against death, this is as succinct as it is brilliant; as a road map for walking through the darkest valley it can be unhelpful, and ultimately disorientating. In this post I want to think a little about the Christian and death, work through some of the mistakes we can make in discussing how we die, and share what hope looks like in the salvage yard of bereavement and loss.”

A Sad Tale of a Wealthy Millennial’s Moral Confusion

Christians need to be able to think well about economics. “How should we respond to such thinking? Certainly not by condemning Roberts’s motives. It’s refreshing to see someone born rich who cares about those who weren’t. His charitable giving is to be commended, as is his self-restraint. And, frankly, as I read his article (accompanied by brilliant illustrations that drive home his points), my heart went out to him. Nonetheless, there are serious problems with his thinking.”

The Top Songs from Christian Worship Services

FaithLife has compiled a list of the most popular songs being sung in Christian churches right now. The top five: “Build My Life,” “What A Beautiful Name,” “Ten Thousand Reasons,” “Amazing Grace” (the Chris Tomlin version), “Great Are You Lord.”

Flashback: Why We Must Emphasize A Pastor’s Character Over His Skill

The pastor whose life is crumbling under the weight of his depravity has no authority to say, “be imitators of me.” On the other hand, the pastor who is known as a one-woman man serves as a model of love and affection.

I, for one, will take people practicing evangelism as best they can over those who forgo evangelism until they have the perfect practice.

—J. Mack Stiles

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…