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A La Carte (July 8)

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NeuYear Calendars – Over at Facebook I am giving away 10 of those awesome NeuYear calendars. These are academic year calendars designed specifically for students.

Sing to the Lord a Simple Song – There is something to be said for this (though I wish the author had given a few examples). I believe there is a place for simple songs, like “The Gospel Song.”

Theological Fitness – The theme of this week’s deals at Westminster Books is theological growth and health (for women in particular).

Indelible Grace – Indelible Grace is touring this fall and may be coming to a city near you. Unfortunately they aren’t coming to Toronto…

How a Film Projector Works – I found this downright fascinating. “Bill Hammack tears apart a film projector to reveal the amazing mechanisms used in the pre-digital age to trick the mind into seeing a moving image.”

Catching Sleep and Catching Revival – John Starke has a helpful reflection on revival. “Smith uses the analogy of sleep to help us think about rhythms of discipleship, but what if the dynamic of sleep is the same for spiritual awakening in our churches?”

Wilson

Only the Gospel goes deep enough to effect real hard change. Everything else is just behavior modification.

—Jared Wilson

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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…