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A La Carte (February 10)


Good morning! Grace and peace to you.

Westminster Books has a heavy-duty new set of books on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: The God Who Counts the Cost)

Music And Lyrics

“The world is a symphony: exquisite and detailed and beautiful. But for all of its music, there is one thing that the world cannot supply on its own. The world has music—but it doesn’t have lyrics. That’s where we come in.”

Coming Home (Video)

You’ll enjoy this catchy new song from Drew & Ellie Holcomb.

Redemptive Force

Those who preach may appreciate the terminology of “redemptive force” that Peter Mead uses here.

What About the “Lost” Books of the Bible?

“In modern studies of the NT canon, there is a lot of discussion (maybe even obsession!) with so-called ‘lost’ books of the Bible.” Michael Kruger explains why they may not be quite as lost as we are so often told.

High Schoolers Can Be Church Members, Too

“Student ministries like other age-based ministries tend to help students value Jesus but fail when it comes to helping students value the local church.” This article is meant to address that failure.

Adversity Anniversaries

Aimee Joseph: “It does not surprise me that calendars don’t include ‘Adversity Anniversary’ among their Hair Appointment and Birthday reminder stickers, as there is not much cute or marketable about remembering devastating days.”

Flashback: Should Young Pastors Prefer a Large or Small Church?

Are you willing to minister in obscurity where you can come to know what it is to pastor precious souls, where you can lay a firm foundation of knowledge and skill, where you can finish the preparation that seminary merely began?

If a man is ready and prepared to die, sudden death is in effect no death, but a quick and speedy entrance to eternal life.

—William Perkins

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