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A La Carte (December 22)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just one book, but at least it’s an interesting one.

Westminster Books has a great collection of books on sale, all of them published by Christian Focus.

Those We’ve Lost in 2017

“Over the past year the church has lost several faithful theologians and authors who have helped shape evangelicals both in America and throughout the world. Here are six men who died this year who were particularly influential on those of us here at The Gospel Coalition.”

Days that Bring Weeping and Rejoicing

This is a reminder that the holiday season brings weeping as well as rejoicing.

12 Days of Logos

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Preach the Word. Just Preach the Word.

Paul Martin gives this advice: “If you are a young man thinking about preaching, here is my advice. Read your Bible. Read it up and down. Read it until you can almost see the page when someone else references it. Read it and read it and read it. And think hard about it. Don’t let unknown words stay unknown. Don’t let obscure meanings stay foggy. If you really want to serve people, if you really want to love Christ’s church, read and read until you understand and then start telling people what you see. We don’t need more personalities in the church. We need men of the Word. Be that man and you will have answered the question.”

The Inseparable Asymmetry of the Gospel

“There has been a lot of talk in recent days about “evangelical” and whether that’s a political or cultural label, a theological label, or inescapably both.”

Why Does Church Matter?

“Although being actively engaged in the accountability, service, and worship of a local church often takes a back seat to other priorities and emphases among Christians today, the New Testament makes it clear that God reveals Himself and presides especially in the church of Jesus Christ, like nowhere else on earth…”

Discussing Biblical Literacy

In this episode of the ERLC podcast, Trillia Newbell and I discuss biblical literacy.

The Truth about the Origin of the Candy Cane

Is the candy cane actually a distinctly Christian candy as so many say?

Flashback: No Low Too Low

There are many things that God meant to teach us through the life of Jesus, and one of them is that exaltation comes through humiliation. The way to be great in God’s eyes is to be nothing in the eyes of others.

Oh, my brethren, watch anxiously lest you have to mourn for years over the sin of an instant!

—C.H. Spurgeon

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  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…