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A La Carte (July 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty wide selection of titles to look at.

Logos users may want to take advantage of some of this months items on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: Honestly Assessing Our Decision to Public School Our Kids)

Preach Like Keith Green Sang

Here are three things preachers of the gospel can learn from Keith Green. Also, listen to Keith Green from time to time. It will do your soul good.

It’s Our Prayer: Let’s Take it Back From Parliament.

“I know the call to have the prayer removed comes from less than friendly voices, but I think it’s a good opportunity to create a clearer distinction between the people of God and the secular nation, and demonstrate that something the church has held as precious down the centuries is not a play-thing, a trinket, a historical oddity for the nation that has no real intention of calling on the name of the LORD.”

The Art of a Massive Fireworks Show

I suppose this is a day late for Americans (and four days late for Canadians) but it’s interesting nonetheless.

The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy

How did the humble pickup become such a big deal? “From ‘rusty rattletraps’ to ‘big black jacked-up’ rides, the vehicles symbolize blue-collar identity while flaunting bourgeois prosperity.”

5 Things You Need to Believe About Jesus’ 2nd Coming

What do you need to know and believe about the second coming of Christ? This article answers that question.

Sensing That This Isn’t Fair

“Whether we are moms, CEOs, or in full-time Christian ministry we compare ourselves to one another. And, undoubtedly, we consider ourselves the harder worker, the better performer, the one who deserves a bit more.” That’s never the path to joy.

Like Mothers, Like Fathers, Like Children

Here’s something you may have never noticed before in 1 Thessalonians.

Flashback: Daddy Needs a Vacation

God did not apologize for resting on the seventh day of creation—the One who needed no rest took a day off to display a truth, to teach a lesson.

When we approach marriage expecting our needs to be met, we have not understood the real nature of love, and we are sowing the seeds of destruction in our marriages.

—Christopher Ash

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…