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A La Carte (July 24)


It sure was nice to watch a bit of baseball last night! While I don’t much care for any of the teams that played, the return of baseball seems like a little down payment on the eventual return to normalcy. I’m looking forward to catching the Blue Jays tonight.

Today’s Kindle deals include a whole lot of Wiersbe and a few other books besides.

Westminster Books has deals on new and old books from Christian Focus. (From the list, I’m partial to Nick Needham’s great 2000 Years of Christ’s Power series.)

Sending Mature Missionaries to Make Mature Disciples

This is so important. “As leaders in the church we must insist on maturity that translates into sending our best people. We must send mature disciples that meet the scriptural qualifications of leadership. The scriptures give us clear examples and marks of godliness that a mature disciple must have that equate to us sending our best.”

How to Handle Restless Nights

I didn’t write this one, but I certainly identify with it! “2:40am. The red numbers glare at me through the darkness of the room, taunting me to try to get back to sleep. As I toss and turn, trying to get comfortable, my mind clicks on like the rooster just crowed.”

Announcing Sing! Global 2020, An Immersive Digital Conference for Pastors and Musicians

Getty Music Sing! Global 2020 is an immersive digital conference connecting leaders, families, and churches around the world to encourage and deepen worship. With a vision to help Christians around the world sing the Scriptures and to encourage them with rich teaching, imaginative artistry, and practical resources, this four-day experience (August 30-September 2) will include music led from six continents and an expanded list of over 100 top speakers and artists including John Piper, Trip Lee, David Platt, Joni Tada, Tim Challies & more with 90 days to view on-demand after the event airs. Now, everyone can experience the Sing! conference and we hope you will join us for this exciting event. (Sponsored)

Thinking Theologically About Racial Tensions: Sin and Guilt

Here’s the next part of Kevin DeYoung’s great series on racial tensions. In this one he offers “five statements (plus one concluding thought) to help us think personally, corporately, and existentially about sin and guilt.”

5 Signs Sin Has a Powerful Grip on Your Life

This little check-in might be helpful for you.

Mars In 4K (Video)

This 4K footage from Mars is amazing. (It’s also rather drab! Mars isn’t the most beautiful place in the solar system, is it?)

The 100 Greatest Christian Albums of the 00s

If you were into Christian music in the 00s, I expect you’ll enjoy this list of one person’s picks for the 1o0 greatest albums of the period. I don’t fully agree with the top-10, but they’re also hard to dispute. (Also, I found it’s impossible to use a voice command to get Siri to play Relient K’s album Mmhmm.)

Flashback: Porn’s Ever-Evolving Verbs

Porn’s verbs have evolved of the years, but the sin that lies at its root has not. In its earliest and most basic forms, porn was a manifestation of rebellion against God and his law; in its final and most advanced forms, porn will still be a manifestation of rebellion against God and his law.

One of the reasons God saved you is that you might bear fruit in this world. You are living in a hungry world where people are starving for spiritual reality.

—Warren Wiersbe

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Matthias Media. Does your evangelistic passion match the New Testament call to proclaim Christ’s name to all people? God calls on us to partner with him in “hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Pet 3:12) by laboring to make people ready for that day, having…

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    A La Carte (July 22)

    A La Carte: No facts or evidence required / Unity is not the same as total agreement / Christians and magic / Beware of local cults / In the school of contentment / Books by Jen Wilkin / and more.

  • The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Bible has life and the Bible brings life because it has been spoken by God. The Bible’s life, its voice, its feet, and hands are the life, voice, feet, and hands of God extended toward his people. For that reason among others it is always worthy of our time, our attention, and our dedication.

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 20)

    A La Carte: The wedding of the century / Why grieving people need a theology of giving / God desires your happiness / Sincere love and hospitality in the church / Real life is a better teacher than social media / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (MBTS)

    This week Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the Church Institute is a free online platform from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to provide free and accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify local churches. Courses may be taken as a self-paced individual or as a group within your…