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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

  • 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…

  • Moral Vision

    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…

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    A La Carte (February 16)

    A La Carte: What does the Bible say about dealing with divisive people? / How local churches can bridge a widening gender divide / Never preach to one person / Five pictures of the church / Two ways, two ends / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 15)

    A La Carte: This is what courage looks like / An important ministry skill no one talks about / Why you can’t get to heaven through the Mormon faith / Questions a pastor doesn’t want to ask / Christian displays of affection / Help! I don’t enjoy the Old Testament / and more.

  • When Goodbye Is Forever

    When Goodbye Is Forever

    I didn’t know that I would be saying goodbye to my son for the last time. How could I have known? He was only 20 years old, still in the prime of life, still living in as safe a spot as any. There was no reason to assume, no reason to be concerned, no reason…

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    A La Carte (February 14)

    A La Carte: He knows the mysteries of the womb / Render unto Caesar challenges us all / You can’t reclaim the culture by having more kids / A gospel worthy of risk / God’s ordinary faithfulness / Bible animal trivia / and more.