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A La Carte (December 23)

I Have Parkinson’s and I Am at Peace

Wayne Grudem shares some difficult news and tells of the hope he has through it.

The Church Comes First

This is a timely word from Nick Batzig. “As we come to the end of the year and press into yet another new year, it is always beneficial for us to evaluate our commitments and priorities from the past year–noting the ways in which we have, by God’s grace, grown in certain areas and the ways in which we desperately need to grow in other areas.”

Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?

John Piper provides a level-headed response to Jerry Falwell Jr. and his call for Christians to arm themselves.

Who Decides to End a Life?

Remember when those who worried about “death panels” were mocked? Well, it’s no joking matter now.

9Marks Mailbag

The most important Q&A in this 9Marks mailbag is a comparison of the way pastors on the one hand, and business-savvy people on the other, may think wrongly about church finances.

This Day in 1569. 446 years ago today, Ivan the Terrible murdered Philip of Moscow for refusing to bless a “horrible massacre.” *

If I Had Known Then What I Know Now…

Geoff Thomas reflects on fifty years of ministering to one small congregation.

The Cost And Beauty Of Marriage

Darryl Dash: “There’s suffering in this thing called marriage, but there’s more joy than you can imagine. Somehow they exist together.”

Horton

The Law tells us what to do. The Gospel tells us what God has done for us in Christ.

—Michael Horton

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    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…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…