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A La Carte (January 28)

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Good morning, and may the God of love and peace be with you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a number of selections from Crossway with a few others besides.

(Yesterday on the blog: When We Failed to Count the Cost)

The False Gospel of Assuming the Worst of Others

“One reason conversations about hard topics like social justice tend to generate more heat than light, both within and beyond the church, is a phenomenon we may call ‘the Newman Effect.’” Thaddeus Williams explains the phenomenon and its importance.

Prayer Worrier

“I am, by nature, something of a worrier. In fact, I am the grandson of a worrier, who had a very worried son, who has passed that tendency on to me and which I have nobly engendered in my boy. Four generations of Kneale worry and counting. Telling us to just stop worrying doesn’t really help. It is sometimes impossible – particularly last thing at night – to turn the worries off.”

How To Survive Three Days In The Wild

If this ever comes in handy, I expect you to send me a thank you note.

Returning To Your First Love

Jim Elliff reflects on Revelation’s warning about losing our first love. “Are you and those who are with you dangerously close to experiencing this judgment? Is the Light of God’s presence dim, almost imperceptible? Do you have form without power and activity without fruit? If so, Christ says you must…”

Be Reasonable for the Sake of the Gospel

Melissa says that “hyperbole seems to be the rhetorical strategy of the day in Christian circles.” She warns that “these weird and wild comments do nothing for the spread of the gospel. They are usually indignant, entitled, arrogant, and overly opinionated, and they paint a completely insufficient picture of God’s grace.”

The Radical Incoherence of Biden’s Transgender Policy

Joe Carter points out the radical incoherence of Joe Biden’s transgender policy. “President Biden seems to think that his new policy is a mere reversion to the 2016 status quo, when President Obama allowed transgender people to serve under certain restrictive conditions. What he fails to understand is that the issue of transgenderism has evolved considerably over the past five years. Biden has adopted a policy that is not only radically incoherent but that will have profound effects on both the military and the American people.” (See also Rod Dreher’s The Tyranny Of Tech & Trans.)

An Open Letter to a Sinner

Are you a sinner? I rather suspect you are. Hence you may benefit from this open letter, written for people like you (and me).

Flashback: How Evangelism Is Kind of Like Fishing

Sharing the gospel is about more than just learning and reciting a generic gospel presentation. It’s about knowing people and loving people—about loving them enough to get to know them.

We can’t separate our home life from our Christian life without missing something that is critical to our fellowship with God and our usefulness to His mission in the world.

—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

  • 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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