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A La Carte (February 13)


Today’s Kindle deals include an entire collection of helpful little mini-books; there are a couple of other deals to be had as well.

Westminster Books has a great sale on books by R.C. Sproul.

(Yesterday on the blog: 4 Grave Dangers in Every Sin)

The Danger of Gossip

“The Lord loves a straight shooter. How do I know this? Because this is the embodiment of the wisdom imparted in Proverbs, including this helpful little gem: ‘Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you’ (4:24). Crooked speech is talk that isn’t straight. It is bowed, off-kilter, circuitous, meandering. There are a few examples we could name, including outright lying and even hypocritical living, but one of the most glaring examples of crooked speech that is practically epidemic in the church is the sin of gossip. But what is gossip?”

Dad’s Hurt Too: A Father’s Memoir of Miscarriage

This is a long but heartfelt article talking about the fact that miscarriages are difficult for fathers as well as mothers.

David Platt Resigns at IMB

This is consequential news from the SBC: David Platt has asked the International Mission Board trustees to begin searching for his successor. He will turn his full attention back to pastoring a local church.

Five Reasons Why the Children’s Minister Is the Staff Position in Greatest Demand

This is rather interesting: “If churches desire to reach families, they must be prepared to reach children. If the Boomer generation acted like helicopters and hovered over their kids, the Millennial generation is acting like sidecars, and want to go wherever the motorcycle/child goes. You can’t reach a family with kids unless you are really prepared to reach the kids.”

What We Did With All Our Free Time

“In 1930 economist John Maynard Keynes posited that one of the most difficult things in the 21st century would be how to manage all of our leisure time: ‘For the first time since his creation man will be faced with his real, his permanent problem how to use his freedom from pressing economic cares, how to occupy the leisure, which science and compound interest will have won for him, to live wisely and agreeably and well.’” Hmm.

People Aren’t Yes-Or-No Answers

Stephen Altrogge writes, “But more and more, I’m realizing that people aren’t yes-or-no questions. Behind every yes-or-no question is almost always a series of deeper questions, struggles, fears, and challenges.When someone asks me whether abortion is wrong, there’s usually much more lying beneath the surface. The question is simply the tip of the iceberg.”

Let’s Ban Porn

I’m thankful to see occasional voices calling out for some kind of ban on pornography. People are beginning to see the damage it does.

9 John Calvin Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know

Here are 9 quick facts about John Calvin that you may not know.

Flashback: When My Love Grows Cold

I cannot love my wife without spending time with her and I cannot spend time with her without loving her more. And in much the same way meditating on God’s Word is not only a result of delighting in him, but also a cause of that delight.

Our cross may be heavy, but one sight of Christ will make us forget all our former sorrows.

—Thomas Watson

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    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.