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A La Carte (February 5)

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Good morning from California. I’m thrilled to be speaking over the next few days at The Master’s University and The Master’s Seminary. I look forward to meeting you (or, more likely, your kids or grandkids) in the days ahead.

Today’s Kindle deals include several good titles from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: What To Do While You Wait To Die)

Hell Should Unsettle Christians: Embracing the Most Emotionally Difficult Doctrine

“Deep down, we all want the wicked to receive their due. We all have our cries for justice. Even Broadway audiences cheer the destruction of the manifest monster. Without controversy, we consign Hitler to damnation. We know great evil demands cosmic justice. Yet we have a harder time imagining ourselves, or our beloved friends and family, a the wicked, as those justly deserving what Jesus called hell.”

What Authority Does a Husband Have over His Wife?

Jonathan Leeman makes some very helpful distinctions between different types of authority.

Software to Keep Your Church Connected

Bring your church family together with quick and easy communication between Sundays. Church Social gives members a secure place online to view a member directory and get organized with a calendar, schedules, file sharing, and more. Administrators can also track membership records, create reports, and share information. (Sponsored Link)

Eleven Expressions of Gastronomic Humility

I quite like this term: gastronomic humility. It is a practice worth thinking about.

What Do Mormons Believe About Marriage?

“My bride-to-be daughter rushed past the white lace and sequins, the high necklines and capped sleeves, reaching for a sleeveless dress. Excited women crowded around us. We had only one hour to find the perfect dress at the 50-percent-off sellout sample sale. It was wedding season in Utah. This was war.” This is a helpful look at what Mormons believe about marriage.

The Normalization of Polyamory

A lot of people have remarked on the growing normalization of polyamory. In this article Jonathon Van Maren explains why it is being normalized.

A Father in the Faith, a Mentor, a Colleague, and a Dear Friend 

Kim Riddlebarger remembers Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, who died a few days ago.

Flashback: The Only Tears In Heaven

Though our eyes fill with tears when we sink to the valleys, don’t they also fill with tears when we soar to the heights? Maybe then, just maybe, such tears will still fill our eyes when we stand before that throne, when we gain a sight of that Lamb, when we join our voices to sing of that salvation.

As I am humbled by my difficulties, so I am strengthened by God’s grace.

—Alistair Begg

  • 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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    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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