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A La Carte (February 6)


Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of books—a few of which may interest you.

Westminster Books has many of this month’s new and noteworthy releases discounted right out of the gate…

(Yesterday on the blog: How Do You Feel About Your 170 Hours of TV So Far this Year?)

Worship God: Start a Hobby

I very much enjoyed Brianna Lambert’s thoughts on hobbies, and especially on not feeling the need to master a hobby. She says, “Lately, hobbies have become a metric of personal success. But their core purpose is to help us pause and praise.”

The LGBT Movement’s Dangerous Hypocrisy on Conversion Therapy

Joe Carter explains how the LGBT movement is showing some very dangerous hypocrisy when it comes to conversion therapy.

Confessions of a Recovering Political Idolater

Jared Wilson explains how he began to recover from his political idolatry. “In the twenty years since, I haven’t watched but a handful of hours, usually when at other people’s homes when it is the background noise of choice. But other habits die harder. Here are some symptoms of my ailment I need to stay in constant vigilance about. Maybe you do too.”

Only a Fool Would Conclude There is No God (Video)

You’ll enjoy this clip from Steve Lawson. He shows what’s behind the famous words from Psalm 14: The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God…’”

Living More as We Preach

Vance Christie: “In her autobiography Climbing, Memories of a Missionary’s Wife, Rosalind Goforth recorded both struggles and victories from her forty-seven years of service with her husband Jonathan in China. One such matter she wrote about had to do with the challenge of more consistently living up to what she was teaching others. Many of us who face the same challenge can gain instruction and encouragement from her example in this regard.”

Rediscovering the Lost Power of Reading Aloud

This is a look at humanity’s long (and seemingly soon-to-be-lost) habit of reading aloud.

When Talking about Congregants…

Nick Batzig has wise counsel for pastors/elders and the ways they speak about their congregants.

Flashback: Advanced Technologies and Basic Christianity

Our sinfulness compels us to jump to conclusions; our technologies enable us to broadcast them. While we are all tempted to make hasty judgments privately, those with Twitter accounts are tempted to do so publicly.

When God speaks, he acts. His word does more than explain his action; it is active in itself. God achieves his purposes by his word.

—John Stott

  • The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Bible has life and the Bible brings life because it has been spoken by God. The Bible’s life, its voice, its feet, and hands are the life, voice, feet, and hands of God extended toward his people. For that reason among others it is always worthy of our time, our attention, and our dedication.

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 20)

    A La Carte: The wedding of the century / Why grieving people need a theology of giving / God desires your happiness / Sincere love and hospitality in the church / Real life is a better teacher than social media / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (MBTS)

    This week Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the Church Institute is a free online platform from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to provide free and accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify local churches. Courses may be taken as a self-paced individual or as a group within your…

  • A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    God’s design for gender and sexuality is fixed and unchanging. The way he created us is the way he means for us to live. The instruction he provides in the Bible is all we need to understand his purpose and live it out in a way that honors and pleases him. The wisdom he provides…

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    A La Carte (July 19)

    A La Carte: When you can’t forgive yourself after an abortion / Ancient Corinth, Judge Judy, and litigious Christians / Trusting the giver of good / The renovation of a soul / Life after Doom (by Brian McLaren) / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 18)

    A La Carte: Does Christian sex need rescuing? / 15 resolves for interpersonal conflicts / How senior pastors can help associate pastors / it’s okay to be okay / Don’t be proud of what you had no say in / How sweet! / Kindle deals / and more.