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A La Carte (January 23)


There is a little bit of everything in today’s list of Kindle deals.

Do remember as we come toward the end of the month to grab your freebies from Logos.

(Yesterday on the blog: Training a New Generation of African Pastors and Church Leaders)

The Problem of Having no Defined Membership

Stephen Kneale makes the case for meaningful and clearly-defined church membership by showing the consequences of having no defined membership.

Abortion Regret Isn’t a Myth, Despite New Study

“Pro-life advocates and ministry leaders are challenging the results of a new study that found that most women do not suffer emotionally after an abortion, and that over time, they are less likely to express regret.”

Make a Streets Map of Anywhere in the World

This isn’t the most significant little app you’ll ever use, but it’s still plenty neat.

The End of (Secular) Babies

Birthrates are falling, which means “if your church wants to demonstrate how dangerous and edgy it is, then it doesn’t need to placard for a cause down the main street of your city. It doesn’t have to instagram or tweet its social justice policies, or take a stand against the hard secular culture. All it has to do is be populated by large families.”

If God Can Be Trusted With Death, He Can Be Trusted With Life

Seth Lewis: “Quoting promises about Heaven will always be easier than keeping commands about Earth. Trusting God with life after death will always be easier than trusting him with life before it. Yet how could I say that I trust Jesus with forever, then turn around and ignore everything he says about my life here and now? Wouldn’t this be proof that I haven’t trusted him at all?”

20 Benefits of Being in God’s Word According to Psalm 119

“If only the world could grasp the benefits available to the soul who seeks God through His Word—willing to see it as truth, clinging to it at every turn. For the Word of God is life-changing and life-sustaining and life-giving. And it’s so much more, as the author of Psalm 119 testifies. The psalmist offers us numerous reasons to run to the comfort of Scripture and never turn away from it.”

Little Things Matter Too

You’ve probably had an experience like this at one time or another. “And then a tiny voice in my mind raised this question. ‘What if that couple shows up to church tomorrow?’ Oh. Suddenly I didn’t feel quite so heroic or witty.”

Flashback: We Don’t Sing for Fun

Singing is not prescribed for Christian worship for the purpose of fun. It actually serves a far higher purpose as a means through which we bring mutual encouragement by recounting common truths together.

I never tire of preaching Christ. His eternality, transcendence, preeminence, incarnation, hypostasis, righteousness, impeccability, obedience, holiness, sacrifice, crucifixion, humiliation, resurrection, exaltation, ascension, session, glorious reign—Christ is amazing!

—Nate Pickowicz

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of