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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…”

Horton

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

—Michael Horton

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    How Can You Mumble?

    Some of my most meaningful moments of public worship have been in settings where I did not speak the language. I have stood with a congregation in rural Zambia as they’ve clapped and moved and praised the Lord in Bemba, a language that is utterly unknown to me. I’ve sat with a congregation in the…

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    A La Carte (June 3)

    A La Carte: Life doesn’t always turn out like we thought it would / Hope for fallen Christians / AI as theological babel fish / Teenagers and parental hypocrisy / Is there a preferred Bible translation Christians should use? / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Celebration of Friendship

    A Celebration of Friendship

    I may not be going too far out on a limb when I suggest that you have probably not heard the name Anna Laetitia Barbauld. For various reasons she has been largely forgotten by history, and this despite achieving a significant level of fame in the eighteenth century. Though at one time she was a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 1)

    A La Carte: The desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary / 12 things that happened on the cross / How can I be a Christian in my workplace? / Five questions for our skepticism / The sanction of sin / Never let a crisis go to waste: AI, statism, and the threats to free speech /…

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Redeemer University)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Redeemer University. Get $250 off your first course when you enroll in the online Not-For-Profit Management certificate with Redeemer University! Fill out this form to get updates and to be eligible for this special offer via Challies.com Do you work for a church, school, food bank, women’s shelter, mission, ministry…

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    New and Notable Christian Books for May 2024

    While the month of May has already almost fully waned, it has proved to be a good month for Christian book releases. I sorted through the stacks that landed on my desk and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of…