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A La Carte (January 3)

Today’s Kindle deals include a biography that has been highly recommended as well as a book by Tim Keller.

Free from Logos this month is volume 1 of the Bulletin for Biblical Research from the Institute for Biblical Research.

John MacArthur’s Ten Crucial Lessons to Teach Our Children

Here are ten crucial lessons John MacArthur says we must teach our children.

Death, The New Year And The Hope of Christ

This is an encouraging article. “People are shocked by tragedy and tragedies are supposed to be shocking. But tragedies are not surprises. They are reminders. Tragedies help to awaken us out of an illusion of what is not to what is actually the norm in this world. There is nothing more normal to history than evil and death. It is not strange. It is tragically normal.”

10 Things You Should Know about the Lordship Salvation Controversy

Though this may seem like an older controversy, it continues to exist today. Sam Storms offers an explanation.

The Hauntingly Stoic Vacancy of Civil War Amputees

Haunting. Stoic. Vacant. These all describe the men in these tragic photos.

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine

Here is the list of columns from this month’s Tabletalk magazine. They are all free to read online.

This Day in 1638. 379 years ago today Shogunate warriors defeated Christian and peasant rebels in Shimabara. After the rebellion was quelled, Christianity was outlawed in Japan. *

How Do We Know Who Wrote the Gospels?

Timothy Paul Jones answers those who claim we can’t really know who wrote the gospels.

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

Tom Ascol talks about one thing he did very well when in ministry: He started a book table. And, just as importantly, he stocked it with good books.

3 Tips for Sharing the Gospel with Catholics

The title for this article is actually “Three practical ways to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,” but I most appreciated the three tips (from an ex-Catholic) for sharing the gospel with Catholics.

Flashback: The Christian Introvert

I have no right to crave introverted solitude. Rather, the gospel compels me to deny even that trait and all its desires in order to serve other people. I am introverted, but this does not give me a different calling in life than the gregarious Christian.

We insanely run at well as though it were heaven, and reject heaven as though it were hell itself.

—Ray Comfort

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…