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A La Carte (June 19)


The Good Book Company has a free e-book copy of Jeff Medders’ Humble Calvinism for you. I say again, free book.

Today’s Kindle deals are highlighted by Tessa Thompson’s Laughing at the Days To Come.

Sharing Jesus with Mormon Missionaries

You can read this one now, of course, but it may also be a good one to bookmark and return to in the future when you have the opportunity to speak with Mormon missionaries. (Always remember to not just counter their arguments, but to preach the gospel as well!)

That Christian You’re Frustrated With? Imagine Them Resurrected

This is a good strategy to ensure you are relating well to other Christians. “If you are looking for practical, but biblical strategies for peace-making in the midst of conflict, for dealing with that frustrating relationship, consider turning your imagination toward the coming resurrection. There is some untapped power there that could be of some real help.”

Websites for Churches. Made By Missionaries.

SolaSites makes beautiful websites for churches, but the company also serves as a platform for missionaries to be on the field in a closed access country. They design sites, write code, and support clients, but they also preach the gospel, train pastors, and strengthen the church in a very needy place. If your church, ministry, or business needs a new website, consider SolaSites. (They’re giving $200 off of the setup fee if you sign up between now and July 15.) (SPONSORED LINK)

How the Gospel Speaks Into Our Longing For Normal

“The regular use of hand sanitizer became a regular practice, holding back on our kisses, and fervently entertaining her in the stroller so that she wouldn’t crawl around on the dirt – which harbours bacteria and parasites that her body may not be able to handle. A time of learning careful hygiene, practicing distance and isolating ourselves…sound familiar? We lived it three years ago.” (See also: Emergence.)

The American Soviet Mentality

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles comparing out current cultural moment with that of Soviet Russia. It may sound melodramatic, but there really are legitimate comparisons. “Twitter has been used as a platform for exercises in unanimous condemnation for as long as it has existed. Countless careers and lives have been ruined as outraged mobs have descended on people whose social media gaffes or old teenage behavior were held up to public scorn and judged to be deplorable and unforgivable. But it wasn’t until the past couple of weeks that the similarity of our current culture with the Soviet practice of collective hounding presented itself to me with such stark clarity. Perhaps it was the specific professions and the cultural institutions involved—and the specific acts of writers banding together to abuse and cancel their colleagues—that brought that sordid history back.”

Not Many of You Should be Teachers

Anne Kennedy has quite a lot to say here, but the recurring theme is the danger inherent in being a teacher (especially when leading others astray).

How Long-Haul Trucking Works (Video)

This video explains how long-haul trucking works. It’s one of those things we depend upon, but undoubtedly take for granted!

What You Should Know About My Empty Chair in Church

I guess this is a call to believe the best about one another. “Navigating the reopening of church buildings is difficult for many people. This is especially true for me. I’m a pastor’s wife and the mom of three children who have a serious health condition and are at risk for complications from coronavirus.”

Flashback: Why the Best Missions Sermon Is All About God’s Sovereignty

“A high view of God’s sovereignty fuels death-defying devotion to global missions.”

The man who tries to do something and fails is infinitely better than the man who tries to do nothing and succeeds.

—D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  • 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.