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A La Carte (December 1)

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ESV Reader’s Bible

Westminster Books has a great deal on the cloth over board ESV Reader’s Bible. Today’s the last day to get it at just $10 (a 67% discount). The Reader’s Bible has no verse markings and is meant to allow you to read the Bible like any other book.

The First Review

David Steele has written the first review of my new book Do More Better which releases today. Darryl Dash also wrote an early review. (Buy the book)

6 Principles for Student Ministry

These are solid principles related to student and youth ministry.

Did Jesus Lie?

Bill Mounce gives a quick (but good) answer to the question of whether Jesus lied in John 7:8.

The Edges of Faith and the Center of the Zeitgeist

Several days ago, Kent Dobson, successor at Rob Bell’s famous Mars Hill Bible Church, stepped down as teaching pastor. Dustin Messer offers some interesting reflections on Dobson’s announcement and the reasons behind it.

Hymns of Grace

Hymns of Grace looks like a great resource. It’s a new hymn book from Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary that includes many of the new hymns we love (but which haven’t yet made it into most hymnals).

This Day in 1857. 158 years ago today, John Paton was licensed to preach the gospel. He spread the gospel both in Glasgow, Scotland and the New Hebrides islands (now the nation of Vanuatu). *

Wild Scotland

And speaking of Scotland, be sure to watch this video of some of its wild beauty.

Paris Slowly Coming to Terms With a New Vulnerability

This will probably remind you a little bit of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. “Though tributes to the victims of the Nov. 13 attacks have begun to erode at sites like the Place de la République, many in France are still coming to terms with the fact that the terrorist strikes might not be the last.”


He who begins by seeking God within himself may end by confusing himself with God.

—B.B. Warfield

  • 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…