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A La Carte (June 10)

This week’s deals from Westminster Books feature the complete collection of books published by Cruciform Press (which, as you know, I co-founded). You’ll find a lot there, of course, including my books Sexual Detox and Do More Better.

Admonish One Another

“Because God hates evil and evil-doers (see Psalms 5:5; 11:5), he teaches that genuine love cannot turn a blind eye to sin, it must rejoice with the truth (1 Corinthians 13:5).”

Pastoral Ministry is About Souls, Not Stats

Jared Wilson: “The way we are typically programmed to measure the success of our ministries sets us up for hollow victory and desperate failure. But this is not to say we should never do any measuring. It is only to say that what we measure and how we measure shows where our confidence lies.”

Christian Funerals Can Be Too Happy

“We still will taste the tyranny of death. And so, grief is appropriate. But we who believe in Jesus also will experience a resurrection into eternal life. And so, we grieve with hope.”

The unBeatitudes

Sometimes we understand things best by turning them around and seeing them backward.

Summer Reading List 2016

One of my very favorite things is Al Mohler’s annual summer reading list. “My summer reading stack has multiplied into stacks, but in this list I share ten that I have found particularly interesting, timely, and worth the investment of summer hours. As usual for this annual list, the books are non-fiction and tilted toward history.” And that suits me just fine.

This Day in 1752. 264 years ago today, Ben Franklin carried out his famous electrical experiment with his kite. Thomas Kidd discusses its unexpected spiritual significance.

I Am a Thought Leader

This video is a pretty good parody of TED talks and similar productions.

Girl in the Picture

I think some of you will find a lot of hope and encouragement in this story of God’s saving grace.

Flashback: 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Public Schooling

This one goes back a couple of years now but is still true. “I spoke to Aileen and together we jotted down a bit of what we’ve learned from having three children in public schools. Here are ten lessons from ten years of public schooling…”


The Jesus admired by liberals and skeptics would never have been convicted of blasphemy and crucified.

—Michael Horton

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    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

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    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.