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A La Carte (December 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include the usual, actually–a few little deals on a few interesting books.

Westminster Books is having a mix and match sale of various titles you may enjoy.

Logos users: You can get John MacArthur resources at 50% off. Non-Logos users: You can get base packages at 20% off.

Why Discipleship Works with a Plurality of Elders

“The pattern of ministry all throughout the New Testament is clearly established upon a plurality of elders leading and a plurality of deacons serving. Although this is not an blemish-free ministry pattern, it does provide for the most healthy scenario for discipleship in the local church.”

Beautiful Baby Boy

Enjoy this Christmas song by Jamie Brown. While we’re on the subject, here’s What Churches Are Singing This Christmas.

Doing Church Away from Church isn’t Church

It’s that simple, really, isn’t it?It’s becoming increasingly popular to fashion new ways to ‘do church.’ But how do we discern what does and does not constitute going to church? God’s word has plenty of wisdom on the issue. In short, my hike or a Bible open in my living room with the kids is not church. Here are a few reasons why doing church away from church isn’t church.”

Satan Hates the Pastorals

“Satan hates the Pastorals. They expose him, rob him of the key tools in his armoury – accusation, legalism, confusion, suffering – and give strength to those who oppose him, by the Word, through the Spirit. They give hope. They bring joy. And they trumpet the glories of the king who has thrown him down forever…”

The StoryMaker (Video)

This is a new little film you can watch online. I think you’ll enjoy it!

Answering Claims That the Bible Contains Errors, and Why It Matters That It Doesn’t

From Randy Alcorn: “The Christian Research Institute gives this advice: ‘…rather than taking a fearful attitude when faced with an alleged biblical contradiction, we should view these occasions as opportunities to search and explore the Scriptures. One thing I can guarantee is this: your awe of the majesty of Scripture will deepen.’”

God Makes a Home for the Lonely

“As I write this, it is a cold and rainy December day not unlike a day nearly 10 years ago. I was going through one of the hardest seasons of my life. My husband had left our marriage, and my daughter and I felt very lost in the world. We had been out of church fellowship for a number of years. My family lived several states away, so even though we had a few Christian friends, we were essentially alone. Scared and alone.”

Flashback: When God Goes Big And I Go Small

When God goes big, my first tendency is to go small.

When God goes big, my first tendency is to go small. When God speaks universally, my first thought is to look for exceptions, for the nuances that allow me to wiggle out from under his commands.

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.

—Oswald Chambers

  • A Celebration of Friendship

    A Celebration of Friendship

    I may not be going too far out on a limb when I suggest that you have probably not heard the name Anna Laetitia Barbauld. For various reasons she has been largely forgotten by history, and this despite achieving a significant level of fame in the eighteenth century. Though at one time she was a…

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Redeemer University)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Redeemer University. Get $250 off your first course when you enroll in the online Not-For-Profit Management certificate with Redeemer University! Fill out this form to get updates and to be eligible for this special offer via Challies.com Do you work for a church, school, food bank, women’s shelter, mission, ministry…

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    New and Notable Christian Books for May 2024

    While the month of May has already almost fully waned, it has proved to be a good month for Christian book releases. I sorted through the stacks that landed on my desk and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of…

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