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A La Carte (July 12)


May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Now Available: Understanding and Trusting Our Great God)

What Makes a Bible Translation Really Bad?

I really enjoyed this look at what makes a Bible translation especially bad. “If you find an English Bible translation on your Christian bookstore shelf, it’s almost certainly good. Buy it. Read it. Trust it. But there are some ‘bad Bibles’ out there, Bibles you won’t find careful evangelical biblical scholars recommending.”

The Quality of Covenant School’s Mercy

This is a good and important piece of writing from Bethel McGrew.

“I can’t get past Him.”—Paul Washer on The Preeminent Christ

“No matter how knowledgeable or eloquent the preacher or how diligent and precise the writer, they are no match for the smallest part of the gospel of Jesus Christ… Thus, being torn between my impotence to expound the gospel and my absolute necessity to do so, I commend this work to Christ’s church collectively and to the believer individually.” (Sponsored Link)

Influencer-in-Chief: Considering the Future of the American Presidency

You don’t need to share Chris’s view on politics or particular politicians to get the point of what he is saying here. “One of the angles of the American political system that does fascinate me … is the interplay between social media and politicians. Especially when it comes to the Super Bowl of American politics: the United States presidential election.”

39 Contrasts Between Just Two Kinds of People

This is a fascinating collection of biblical contrasts.

How Can I Lead a Quiet Life When My Job Requires Self-Promotion?

“First Thessalonians 4:11–12 talks about making it your ambition to lead a quiet life. As a commercial real estate broker, I’m told to advertise and promote myself to attract new clients. How should I reconcile these apparently opposing positions?” Miranda Carls answers the question.

Jesus on Procreation

Andrew Bunt makes an observation about Jesus’ understanding of marriage and sex.

Flashback: Are You in the Dangerous Time In Between?

It’s so often the ones who seemed to be at their greatest moment of success who were on the precipice of destruction. Like blind men about to blunder off a cliff, they were oblivious to their impending doom. They failed to heed God’s warnings in that time in-between.

If you go to Jesus, he may ask of you far more than you originally planned to give, but he can give to you infinitely more than you dared ask or think.

—Tim Keller

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    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…