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A La Carte (July 14)

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Logos users, remember that this month there is a sale on many of the best commentaries you can get. And, as far as I’m concerned, building a commentary library is the number one reason to use Logos! (You should also take a look at their free and nearly-free selection for the month.)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of interesting titles.

The Abuse of Headship in the Home

Victor Sholar reacts strongly against some of the excesses and abuses of those who say they are “complementarian” or otherwise aligned with the Bible’s perspective on husbands and wives.

CityAlight – He Calls Me Friend (Live)

Here’s a sweet new single by CityAlight. They just keep writing great songs! This one is about our friendship with Jesus.

“Christ must be our all or our nothing.”—Conrad Mbewe

This is because of who He is as the infinitely glorious God-man and because of the indescribably wonderful salvation He has procured for us. Paul Washer does an excellent job of showing us these breathtaking realities in this Scripture-saturated and historically reinforced book. It will leave you worshiping God as your soul is saturated afresh with the unsearchable riches of Christ!” —Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and founding chancellor of the African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia (Sponsored Link)

Powerful Photos of Older People With Down Syndrome Defy Misconceptions

I so appreciate this gallery of older people with Down syndrome. “A powerful photo essay entitled Here I Am challenges people’s false assumption that individuals with Down syndrome do not live into their senior years.”

What Anti-Trafficking Experts Think of the Hit Movie ‘Sound of Freedom’

Christianity Today spoke to anti-trafficking experts who, without criticizing Sound of Freedom, explain what their work and ministries usually look like. “Staffers with experience in anti-trafficking ministries that CT interviewed recognize that this is a movie, so the story will be dramatized. But they want audiences to understand that a lot of anti-trafficking work in the US looks different from what’s in the film.”

Why We Need to Hear Sermons in Person

Joe Carter explains why it’s essential for Christians to hear sermons together and in person.

Of Joy or Despair in Ministry Success

“Are you a worker in your church? Are you a volunteer? Are you a pastor? Are you one of those who gives his or her all for the sake of the gospel and the love of the Lord and his people? If you are one who sees the importance of the glory of God in his church, I would guess that you are also one who knows what it feels like to experience some pretty sweet joys and some pretty significant pains. Ministry can be great. Ministry can be hard. Being a pastor can be so very sweet. Being a pastor can be so very discouraging.”

Flashback: Making the Christian Life More Complicated Than It Needs To Be

He calls each of us to be obedient in the context he has ordained for us. For the end of the matter, when all else has been heard, is that we are to simply fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the sacred duty of every man, the kind expectation of a loving God.

We cannot produce by ourselves what God has planned to produce in us through the impact of the preaching of his word.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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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…