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A La Carte (January 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include some excellent titles from Crossway as well as a couple of other good picks.

President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigrants and Refugees

Joe Carter takes a blessedly objective look at President Trump’s recent executive order.

Performing a Time Audit of Your Life

J.D. Greear shares what may prove a helpful resource. “One of the benefits of a new year is stopping to take stock of our lives—to assess whether we’re actually spending our time doing what matters most. We’ll never live the life God intends for us unless we intend to, and intending starts with an honest look at how we’ve created our schedules.”

If an Atomic Bomb Was Dropped Near You (Video)

What would happen if an atomic bomb was dropped near you? All kinds of awful stuff.

Christian Life Beyond the Quiet Time

Every week I look forward to Jared Wilson’s Monday-morning article. Here it is.

4 Billion Chestnut Trees

There used to be 4 billion chestnut trees in the U.S., but now it’s national news when someone finds one.

This Day in 1912. 105 years ago today missionary, philosopher, author and lecturer Francis Schaeffer was born. Schaeffer was a leading figure in the resurgence of evangelicalism in the 60s ad 70s. *

‘Untranslatable’ Emotions

I was more interested in the details of this article than the big picture. There are lots of emotions for which English has no word. But other languages have a richer emotional vocabulary.

Remembering Dr. Iain D. Campbell

I was sorry to hear of the death of Dr. Iain Campbell at just 53. (See also here.)

The F-35 Disaster (Video)

It’s pretty clear the F-35 jet fighter is a complete disaster, yet it keeps going. This video shows how it’s actually a brilliant piece of engineering—economic and political engineering, that is.

Flashback: Work That Makes a Difference

Work is not significant only when it utilizes my full capacity or full capabilities. Work is not significant only when it is measurable in dollars and cents or praise and compliments. Work has intrinsic significance because it gives me the opportunity to do something with joy—with joy in the Lord.

Sin is ugly. It should be killed daily. I die every day, because Jesus said, “Take up your cross daily” and crosses are for dying.

—John Piper

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…