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A La Carte (December 8)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few excellent titles on evangelism, scripture, and the Trinity.

I mentioned that yesterday was the bi-annual board game day at Amazon. For some reason they always follow it the next day with a sale on Melissa & Doug toys (which our kids loved when they were little).

Helen Roseveare (1925-2016)

Justin Taylor tells about the life of Helen Roseveare who died yesterday at the age of 91. Also, Catherine Mackenzie shares a memory.

He Came Down (Video)

Be sure to watch this sweet, poetic telling of the Christmas story.

The Crown, The Pastorate, and Hidden Vulnerability

This is a really solid article by Trevin Wax.

The Unseen Misery of Christmas

“The pain of broken relationships is more real for people at Christmas than at any other time of the year. Even while we enjoy the company of others around the table, we remember those who are not with us, because they have died or are distant from us.”

Film Review: Moana

What a fantastic, insightful film review!

Brushing Your Teeth with Your Finger

“Preach the gospel to yourself. You’ve likely heard that phrase. You’ve maybe even said it. I know I have, and I’ll continue to say it. I believe the discipline of preaching the gospel to yourself is a tremendous discipline and benefit to the Christian life. But…”

This Day in 1691. 325 years ago today English puritan minister Richard Baxter died. He authored nearly 200 works, including hymns and was known as a peacemaker seeking unity among Protestants. *

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper (Video)

TIME gives the story behind the iconic photo. They’re doing the same for all 100 of their top-100 photos of all time.

14 Words of Advice for Guest Preachers

These are good: “Through many trials and travails of my own, I have gathered for you 14 tried-and-true rules of thumb to which I try to adhere when I am called upon to be a guest preacher.”

The Christmas Volunteers (Video)

I enjoyed this little video from Igniter Media.

Flashback: Homemaking In Light of Eternity

The woman who devotes thirty or forty years of her life to homemaking—the prime of her life, that is—is choosing to let go of certain dreams and desires.

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The most offensive claim in Christianity is that God is the Creator, Owner and Judge of every person on the planet .

—David Platt

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    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    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…