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A La Carte (January 22)

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There is once again a substantial collection of Kindle deals for you to consider.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on Dave Harvey’s new book I Still Do. I’ll have a review of it on Friday, and will be recommending it then.

Yesterday on the blog: Looking for Something Good To Read? (10 Book Suggestions)

Why Roman Catholic Countries Should be Considered Unreached

Jordan Standridge makes the case. “It has been and continues to be a burden of mine to seek to help the American church to have an appropriate view of Roman Catholicism. The question is, when dealing with the Roman Catholic church are we dealing with a church that, although it has many issues, can be used by God to bring people to Himself, or are we dealing with a false religion that is on par with Islam, Buddhism, and all of the major false religions on earth?”

Church Names: 10 Tips for Church Planters and Rebranding Churches

David Qaoud: “A church planter friend of mine bounced some potential church names with me for his forthcoming church plant. After speaking with him, I began to think more about some practical thoughts on how to name a church.” I think I’d co-sign all (or most) of these thoughts.

Who was Melchizedek? (Video)

Who was Melchizedek and why is it important for us to know about him? Dr. Peter Gentry answers in Honest Answers in this brief video.

Love in Ordinary Form

Some writing is so good, I’d read it no matter what it said.

Guessing Names Based on What They Start With

Punch in the decade someone was born and the first letter of their name, and this little program will guess their name. You may learn, as we did, that our kids’ names were surprisingly on-trend.

A Prayer on Race and Roe

Here’s a model pastoral prayer by Kevin DeYoung.

Cultural Marxism’s Liturgical Language

Rod Dreher gives an example of how language is used to further an agenda. “The trans movement and its allies — most especially in the news media — are changing language for the sake of concealing a contrived continuity between the trans person’s self-perception and reality.”

Flashback: 5 Marks of a Good Funeral

A good funeral allows God to speak through his Word, so he can tell those who attend about the hope he offers through his Son.

[Lost people] don’t need me, and other Christians, living as if somebody somewhere will do something someday about their urgent spiritual and physical needs.

—David Platt

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.