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A La Carte (July 19)

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Crossway has begun a multi-year project to publish the complete works of John Owen. If you want to get the series, it may be best to keep up rather than wait until they are all published. To that end, Westminster Books is offering the initial volumes at a good discount.

In Defense of Libraries

I’m an advocate of e-books, but hopefully that doesn’t mean I can’t also be an advocate of libraries. (Are you allowed to read e-books in a library?) This is a great article written in defense of libraries.

The Goal of Scripture Memorization is Not Recitation

“In my experience as a child growing up in a small Baptist church, I was taught to memorize verses in order to recite them at competitions with other churches. Bible Drill was the program that taught me to memorize, but without an understanding of what I was memorizing, I left the practice of Scripture memory somewhere around the fourth grade. If the goal of memorizing Scripture was to recite it for others, I wasn’t interested.”

5 Questions to Ask Before You Post on Social Media

In Taming the Fingers, Pastor Jeff Johnson offers five practical questions that can help us cultivate heavenly wisdom in our use of social media: Am I controlled? Am I calm? Am I careful? Am I compassionate? Am I conscientious? (Sponsored Link)

Can I Share a Little Secret About Speaking at Conferences?

Rory Shiner shares a secret about speaking at conferences. He’s absolutely right in what he says, too.

Stop Calling Them Names

If you’re prone to use name-calling with theological opponents, Sam Emadi wants you to consider some passages that address our unhealthy culture in evangelicalism of pejorative labeling.

How Are We Being Saved Right Now?

We know that we have been saved, but in what sense are we being saved right now? John Piper addresses a common question here.

The Local Church We All Need

Lara d’Entremont: “About three or four years ago, my family changed our stance on baptism. As we studied Scripture, listened to those who knew more than us, and read many books on the subject, we stepped away from the view of believer’s baptism and embraced Presbyterian infant baptism. This change came slowly and with much humility, especially to us two adults who had scoffed at the doctrine for years. Yet with this change came complications, the major one being that the closest Presbyterian church was a three hour drive away.” She explains how her own local church was made especially and unexpectedly precious in this time.

Flashback: Scepters, Crowns, Thrones

If there are scepters in God’s invisible kingdom, they are not grasped in clenched fists but joyfully surrendered to the true king. If there are crowns in God’s invisible kingdom, they are worn only so they can be removed to be thrown at his feet.

Sanctification is about becoming in practice what we are in reality. Sanctification is really the process of us catching up with our justification.

—Matt Papa

  • 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)

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    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)

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  • 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…

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    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…