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A La Carte (January 10)


There are, once again, a few Kindle deals to take a look at today. Meanwhile, Westminster Books has discounted 2018’s bestsellers.

(Yesterday on the blog: January New and Notable Books)

Grown Men Are the Solution, Not the Problem

David French is one of many who has responded to some concerning new guidelines from the American Psychological Association. Also, read Joe Carter for a summary of the issue.

Don’t Be Afraid To Repeat Yourself

This is a worthwhile read for pastors and teachers. “We assume far too much of our people. By that, I don’t mean that we assume they are cleverer than they really are. Nor do I mean that we have a tendency to expect them to do too much work in the church. What I meant was that we assume they take in far more from our sermons than they really do. It would probably be more accurate to say that we assume far too much of our teaching programmes and abilities.”

We All Have Theological Blind Spots

Juan Sanchez: “It’s not enough to be an eloquent, competent, educated, passionate, and accurate teacher. To be useful in ministry, the gospel we share must be complete. Gifted teachers may wow and win audiences, but because of their theological blind spots, they may also lead them away from Christ and his gospel. Incomplete theological teaching stunts Christian growth, harms spiritual well-being, and, as we see in many cases on social media and in our churches, causes division.”

Read Your Bible to Fight Unbelief

Becky Pliego asks and answers this question: “Why do we stop reading our Bibles? Really, think about it. It is not because we lack the time to do it. If we are breathing we have time -and God knows we do have time! In reality, we stop reading our Bibles because we lack the faith to believe that God himself speaks to us through it.”

The Present and Future of Christian Blogging

Samuel James wrote a response to some of my recent thoughts on blogging. He both agrees and disagrees with me. Let’s all keep the conversation going!

Dutch Leaders Sign The Nashville Statement

Over 250 Dutch leaders have signed The Nashville Statement and, in so doing, have drawn a lot of criticism (and potential criminal investigation).

Before True Love Waits

I find it interesting to see how different people are interpreting the purity movement that swept evangelicalism in the early 90s. This article tells about Josh McDowell traveling with Petra to share the message. “So is it any wonder that when young men are taught they can expect divinely-sanctioned indulgence as a reward for their will power and young women are expected to go from innocent lamb to lusty tiger literally overnight, the marriages of middle-aged evangelicals are still recovering from the effects of the purity movement?”

Flashback: A Day a Week, A Week a Year

I now take one day a week and one week a year away from the digital buzz. And then I fight the daily battle.

If you were a hundred times worse than you are, your sins would be no match for his mercy.

—Tim Keller

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • 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…

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    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…