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A La Carte (August 31)

Today’s Kindle deals include : Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson; The Christian’s Work of Daily Dying by John Owen (New from GLH Publishing); Preaching to a Shifting Culture by Scott Gibson; and The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel.

Westminster Books has the excellent NICOT commentary series on sale. These are some of the best commentaries available on many books of the Old Testament, including Genesis (volume 1 and volume 2), Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Proverbs (volume 1 and volume 2), Isaiah (volume 1 and volume 2), and I’d better stop there. Consult my Best Commentaries series for more.

J. Alec Motyer: A Personal Remembrance

This is one of the best things I’ve read all week.

10 Public Speaking Tips from Charles Spurgeon

“What was Spurgeon’s secret? How did the ‘Prince of Preachers’ master the art of public speaking? Here are ten tips from Spurgeon’s lecture ‘On the Voice.’”

Judging Parents for an Unreal Risk

This one from NPR is quite interesting. “In the United States today, leaving children unsupervised is grounds for moral outrage and can lead to criminal charges. What’s changed?” Not the actual risks!

Your Marriage is Either Growing or It Isn’t

Melissa says “I think after seventeen years I have finally begun to learn that no marriage will grow deep and strong unless we are both firmly planted in God’s word, letting the words of life sustain us as individuals and as a couple.”

Praying in Public Without Performing

John Piper’s recent funeral prayer (prayed at a funeral for a family of 5) has been listened to 700,000 times. Here he discusses praying in public without performing.

Being ThereBeing There. New today is “Being There” by Dave Furman. “Dave Furman offers insight into the support, encouragement, and wisdom that people need when helping others. He draws on his own life experiences, examples from the Bible, and wisdom from Christians throughout history to address the heart and ministry of those who are called to serve others.” Learn more or buy it at Amazon.

Pray for Nabeel Qureshi

Apologist Nabeel Qureshi is asking for prayer after learning that he has advanced cancer.

The Deadliest Garden in the World

“Locked behind black steel doors in Northumberland, England, the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle grows around 100 infamous killers.” And they are all plants…

Flashback: A Living Example at Columbine High

This little scene takes place in the immediate aftermath of the shootings at Columbine High, just hours after they erupted. The last survivors have been brought to their parents and a few families remain, grappling with the reality that their children will never return…

Byrd

Failure to see our sin as primarily against God is, I believe, the reason we experience so little heartfelt grief over it.

—Jerry Bridges

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    A La Carte: Principles for leading an effective meeting / Longing for home with C.S. Lewis and Tyler Childers / The uncategorizable suffering / How (and how not) to wait / Things too marvelous / Eat this, not that / Books on sale / and more.

  • Dirty Feet: Our Filth, His Joy

    This post is sponsored by Burke Care and is written by Cameron Woodall . Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so, he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around…

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    The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

    It was one of those little pieces of information that helped clarify so much in my mind, that described through data what I had seen with my own eyes and experienced in my own ministry. It is a piece of information we all ought to be aware of and one we all ought to consider.…

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    A La Carte (June 24)

    A La Carte: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and God’s beautiful providence / The Psalms’ quiet case for musical diversity / How to criticize your pastor / A new day / Take every thought captive / Sitting on suitcases / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.