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A La Carte (June 1)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several selections from both John MacArthur and Helen Roseveare. There’s quite a lot else. As always, they have a selection of general market books on sale to begin a new month.

Westminster Books has their bestselling book on prayer for sale. And some other books on prayer.

If you’re a Logos user, you’ll want to grab the free book of the month: John Frame’s Salvation Belongs to the Lord.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

“Sin in the late-modern West is not grieved. It’s not disapproved of. It’s not merely tolerated. It is celebrated. Our society doesn’t mourn sin; it mourns those who mourn sin.”

What If Unbelievers Aren’t Miserable?

“If the only gospel we know how to share is ‘Jesus is the answer’ we are going to find it rather difficult to share the good news when our neighbor doesn’t have any questions.”

Has the Gospel-Centered Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Sometimes it’s good to read a journal article, and sometimes it’s good to read a summary of a journal article.

The Danger of Small Group Systems

Yes! “Community Groups aren’t commanded in the Bible. Weekly Small Groups aren’t lined out by the Apostles. Missional Communities aren’t the eleventh commandment. You’ll hear conference speakers and others rave over these strategies and systems like they were also discovered with the Dead Sea Scrolls. We need to remember what we are really pursuing here.”

Are You Reading or Feeding on God’s Word? (Video)

John MacArthur makes an important distinction in this short video.

2 Musical Experiences

I enjoyed this account of someone visiting Capitol Hill Baptist Church and finding great joy in singing hymns there.

Giving Detailed Thanks for Coffee

This could seem silly, I suppose, but I think God is glorified when we give him detailed thanks for his gifts.

Flashback: Ordinary Christian Work

We please God—we thrill God—when we live as ordinary people in ordinary lives who use our ordinary circumstances to proclaim and live out an extraordinary gospel.

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say, “Thank you?”

—William Ward

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