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A La Carte (January 10)


Blessings to you today, my friends.

Today’s Kindle deals including some highly-regarded historical books, among them Philbrick’s excellent Mayflower.

(Yesterday on the blog: I Want Him Back (But Not The Old Me Back))

Not Like Any Other Book

Mitch Chase helpfully reminds us that the Bible is not like any other book. “The Bible is not like any other book, so it must not be interpreted just like any other book. There are Christian convictions—or assumptions—about Scripture which uphold not only the task of biblical theology but also the importance of studying Scripture at all.”

Our Dads Are All Dying. So What Are We Learning From It?

Stephen realizes he has reached the stage of life in which everyone’s dads are dying. He wonders what they are learning from it all.

A Dust-up among the Historians

Kevin DeYoung: “To many outsiders, the field of history probably looks like a straightforward endeavor. Historians teach us about the people, the events, and the ideas of the past. Sounds simple, but once you start studying the past, you realize there is no one agreed upon way to do history. In the last several years, this perennial difficulty has become especially pronounced within the guild of evangelical historians, ‘evangelicals’ broadly understood.”

What is typology? How can we use it responsibly in Bible study?

Sinclair Ferguson discusses biblical typology in this brief but clarifying video.

A Forgotten Fact about the Earliest Christian Movement

Michael Kruger considers a forgotten fact about the earliest Christian movement—that they were people who traveled extensively. This matters!

In Praise of a Godly Layman, Gary Riegel, upon His Death

I sometimes think almost nothing is more helpful than to read about the lives of “ordinary” Christian believers who served the Lord faithfully in their time.

Flashback: All Will Be Well

He knows our anxiety, he knows our weakness, he knows our frailty. And so he has gone before us. He has made the journey and returned to assure us that all will be well and to tell us that we need do no more than follow in his footsteps.

God’s will is always your sanctification.

—Kevin DeYoung

  • 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: 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.