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A La Carte (February 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few titles, but they may be worth a quick look.

Sam Allberry on the Life-Giving Message of Jesus

You’ll want to cheer for Sam Allberry after hearing him here at the Church of England synod.

Eat, Pray, Lent

Here’s what American abstain from during Lent. Also, don’t observe Lent—you’re a Protestant, silly!

12 Trillion Locusts

In one year, 12 trillion locusts devastated the Great Plains—and then they went extinct.

The Evil of Sin

“Deeper repentance is the shortest and most sure path to greater love for Jesus.” Here Jared Olivetti reflects on two ways he’s seen the evil of sin.

When Ministry Is Unglamorous

And if often is, isn’t it? “We need to die to ourselves daily, completely, which includes dying to our dreams of what it will look like to serve God, both now and in the future.”

Alpine Adventure (Video)

This is a short but beautiful video of the Alps.

Rio 1558

Read or listen to what happened in Rio in 1558. “In 1555, a French colony was established in what is now Rio de Janeiro. Then it was simply known as the Guanabara Bay. That original French colony had a number of Huguenots and other Frenchmen committed to the Reformation. The colony was originally open to them, but then it became entrenched in Roman Catholicism and expelled the Huguenots.”

Expositional Imposters

This is a good look at how well-intentioned sermons can go wrong in subtle ways. “Each of these pitfalls either doesn’t correctly make the message of the passage the message of the sermon, or doesn’t make it a message to that congregation at all.”

Flashback: How To Be Conformed to the World

There are two ways to become conformed to this world—we can actively pursue the world and worldliness or we can simply be passive and allow the world a slow but steady eroding influence.

God is more willing to save sinners than sinners are to be saved.

— J.C. Ryle

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.