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A La Carte (January 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include a new book from GLH Publishing that is discounted for the first week or two, as well as a couple of other titles that may be of interest.

My productivity course Do More Better is now available as an iOS app. You’ll first need to sign up at Ligonier.org/dmb.

Defining Evangelicalism

WORLD does a short interview with Darrell Bock where they discuss and define evangelicalism. There are some helpful insights.

Secularism, Preaching, and the Challenges of Modernity

Al Mohler has begun a short series that will no doubt be thought-provoking. “The only authentic Christian response to the challenge of secularization is faithful, clear, and informed expository preaching.”

Instagram’s Privacy Policy

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and their parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy. It’s a little alarming what our kids agree to when they sign up for that account.

Did Jesus Have a Sense of Humor?

“Jesus never laughed,” or so the pamphlet said. An adolescent boy at the time, I found myself laughing at every little thing—too often during church services. Reading that pamphlet I wondered, “So he never laughed? What was wrong with him?”

Iceland 2016 (Video)

If you’d like to enjoy the beauty of Iceland without getting cold, you can watch this video.

This Day in 1501. 516 years ago today the world’s first hymnbook in a language other than Latin was issued by the Bohemian followers of Jan Hus in Prague. It contained 89 hymns. *

Why the Decline of Congregational Singing Matters

This is a strong article about why congregational singing has declined in recent years, what we can do about it, and why it’s so important that we address it.

The Greatest Businesswoman You’ve Never Heard Of

I had never heard of Martha Matilda Harper, a Christian Scientist entrepreneur who pioneered retail franchising and created the American hair salon industry. Atlas Obscura tells her story and it’s nothing short of fascinating.

How Do I Recharge My Body Without Neglecting My Soul?

There are some good insights here from John Piper. “I believe we live in a day where immersion in popular culture with all of its God-ignoring, sin-enjoying, pride-exalting assumptions is not only assumed to be harmless, but assumed to be necessary. Both of those assumptions are wrong — deadly wrong.”

Flashback: 6 Deadly Enemies of Marriage

Here are 6 deadly enemies of marriage, and Christian marriage in particular.

When we are consumed with God’s glory, we forget to worry about our own.

—Hannah Anderson

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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…

  • 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…