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A La Carte (December 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few books covering a variety of publishers and genres. Enjoy sorting through!

This month’s free book from Christian Audio is Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves & Tim Chester. Also, Christian Audio is having their twice-yearly sale where most books are discounted all the way down to $7.49.

Logos users will want to grab their free book of the month, an excellent commentary from James Montgomery Boice. (Scroll down to get it.) Also check out all the other specials and giveaways.

The Loss of a Friend: A Tribute to Simon

Stacey Hare pens a stirring tribute to her friend Simon.

How do Fish Make Electricity? (Video)

How DO fish make electricity?

5 Reasons We Switched from Small Groups to Sunday School

Jim Davis writes, “This fall we did something that will seem crazy to many. We moved from a small group model to a Sunday school model. Most church-growth material over the past 20 years would advise against this move. We are a young, growing, contemporary church. Why would we make that change?”

Sip It, Don’t Dip It

“Should a church’s partaking of the bread and the cup in the Lord’s Supper keep the elements separate (eating and then drinking), or combine the elements by dipping the bread into the wine and then consuming both together?” I’m with him: Sip it, don’t dip it!

Why Is Parenting So Incredibly Hard?

“Our culture thinks of children as innocent and impressionable; blank slates awaiting the external influences of education and culture. The Bible says something very different: ‘Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him’ (Proverbs 22:15 ESV).”

Why Did Matthew Write His Gospel? Here Are 4 Possible Reasons

This is an interesting article on four of the possible reasons Matthew wrote his gospel.

Metaphors for a Minister of the Word

“How does the Bible describe a pastor? What are some of the figures of speech that the Spirit of God employs to describe this calling?” Even just studying the words tells you a lot about what God calls him to be. (Also, I’d like to see some biblical evidence to back up his first sentence; I hear that all the time, but don’t necessarily see it in Scripture.)

Flashback: 5 Ugly Qualities of the Anti-Elder

In the book of Titus, Paul writes to a young man and charges him to appoint elders in every church in Crete. He tells him what kind of man to look for and as he does this he gives a glimpse of the anti-elder, the kind of man who may seek the office but who is absolutely unsuited to it. Paul offers 5 anti-qualifications, 5 things an elder must not be.

I don’t struggle with prayer. I struggle with priorities.

—Nathan W. Bingham

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    As we live out the Christian life and cooperate with the Holy Spirit through the precious means of grace, we face a number of foes, a number of enemies that mean to derail us from our pursuit of God. Of all those enemies, none may be more prevalent and none more deadly than complacency.

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

    A La Carte: Don’t regret your past—redeem it / Parents, are you raising angry partisans? / You’re gonna lose everything / My husband and I keep fighting over the same thing / What are the “all things” I can do in Christ? / How are we handling generational differences? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…