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A La Carte (June 14)

A La Carte Friday 2

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you today.

There is an interesting and fairly extensive batch of Kindle deals available today, though many of them have been on the list before.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids)

3 Steps to Find Your Voice (And Why You Should Start Now)

This is quite a helpful article on finding your voice—which is to say, on becoming a writer. It is framed around three practical steps: “Collect dots, connect dots, and communicate the connection.”

What I Wish You Understood About the Ethnic-Specific Church

I am accustomed to hearing that ethnic-specific churches are an unwise choice for Christians. I benefited from reading this alternate perspective. “Our decision raised a series of questions and even some accusations from others. As we interacted with those who questioned our decision, we identified a number of false notions that are often held about the ethnic-specific church. Here, I will seek to clarify some misunderstandings and correct some misconceptions about the ethnic-specfic church.”

Seven Things Good Dads Say

Chap Bettis lists and describes them.

One Day Leads to Another

“I have learned over the years to temper my expectations about what can actually be accomplished in a single day. I’m not proud of this—I would be far happier if I could tell you that after consistently exceeding my own expectations of productivity I’ve had to adjust them in the other direction. The days are quick, though…”

Let’s Stop Hyper-Spiritualising Christian Counselling

Writing for TGC Africa, John Koning warns against hyper-spiritualizing Christian counseling. “Here’s the thing. When Christians really struggle—and all of us will, at different times—it seems that it’s automatically assumed the fundamental problem is a spiritual one. We conclude that something must be wrong in our relationship with God.”

Enjoying the Many Flavors of the Word of God

As he battles stage 4 cancer, Tim Shorey is often asked which Scripture text is his favorite. “So this is, in fact, a wonderful question—and yet, hard! It is wonderful because it lets me reflect on God’s wonderful Word and how it has ministered to my soul, and it is hard because choosing a favorite text of Scripture is more difficult than choosing between a thousand different ice cream flavors.”

Flashback: When You Do Not Dare To Go Alone

In his hand will be the lantern of all the precious promises he has made, and this will be the lamp to your feet and the light to your path. He will lead you through the dark night and into the brightest day.

The only man who gambles successfully is the man who loses so fearfully at the start that he is disgusted and quits. Let him win at the start, and win again, and it means farewell to home and heaven.

—De Witt Talmage

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.