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A La Carte (December 27)

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By way of reminder, I will be posting only the daily A La Carte articles this week (which, not coincidentally is the week of the year that sees the lowest volume of visitors to sites like mine). I’ll begin sharing original articles again next week as the holidays wrap up.

Logos is having a 12 Days of Logos sale that includes deals on a host of good products. My “Challies Recommends” commentary bundles are among them and will set you up with a great commentary on each book of the Bible.

I continue to search for and share new Kindle deals as they become available.

We Didn’t Expect You to Come This Way

Andrea writes about the Jesus we didn’t expect.

Should Pastors Encourage Secular Therapy? A Guide for Christian Ministry

Ed Welch: “My goal in this article is to briefly consider a specific pastoral question: What is a wise approach to those in your church who see a secular therapist? Since this question is part of a long and winding road, we will make a couple of stops before we arrive at an answer.”

Free eBook: How to Build an Effective Missions Program

When discussing the specifics of church missions programs, it is critical to begin by understanding the motivation behind missions. Properly understanding “God’s Mission” will result in a more deeply rooted mission program and, ultimately, a more effective gospel witness. So, today, The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is offering How to Build an Effective Missions Program as a free ebook. Download your copy today at tmai.org/challies to develop a strategy for an effective missions program in your church. (Sponsored Link)

What Devotional Habits and Resources Have Helped Your Christian Growth? (Video)

Sinclair Ferguson tells about some of the habits and resources that have been especially important to him as a Christian.

Prayers for When Bible Reading Is Hard

This is helpful: a series of prayers for when Bible reading is hard. And isn’t it hard for all of us from time to time?

Time to Stop and Consider

Kyle Sims says “there is always a need to stop, evaluate, make plans, and set goals. You really should do this several times a year. Nevertheless, the end of the year is a natural time to take stock of where you are and set direction for where you want to go.”

Top 10 YouTubes of 2023

I always enjoy Denny Burk’s annual roundups of the year’s best YouTube videos. There are some pretty good ones here.

Flashback: How To Make A New Year’s Resolution That Sticks

50% of people make some kind of new year’s resolution, but 88% of those resolutions ultimately fail. That is more than a little discouraging. But I still believe in new year’s resolutions. 

It is not great things that God expects or requires of us, unless He has given us great gifts and opportunities; all He requires is faithfulness.

—J.R. Miller

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    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…