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A La Carte (June 20)

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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 

I continue to add Kindle deals most days. We are spoiled to have access to so many good books at so low a cost! Be sure to consider David Gibson’s Living Life Backward.

(Yesterday on the blog: Do You Envy the Wicked?)

How to Support the Caregivers in Your Church

Simonetta Carr offers some helpful words on supporting the caregivers in your church. “Mine is just one of many stories of caregivers looking for support in their churches. Their needs are as varied as their circumstances, but they all long for lasting encouragement and true understanding.”

The Man Who Introduced American Evangelicals to C. S. Lewis

Justin Taylor doesn’t update his blog all that often, but when he does he always has something good to say. In this article, he introduces the man who was responsible for introducing American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis.

The Cost of Discipleship Pales in Comparison to What We Gain in Following Jesus

Jesus tells his followers to take up their cross and follow him. Randy Alcorn says, “This is arguably the single greatest—and hardest—passage on self-denial in all of Scripture. Jesus tells us to lose our lives for His sake. He commands us to deny ourselves.”

The Way We Feel Is Not Necessarily the Way It Is

“There might be days when you feel that you are so close to Jesus. You cannot help but sing as you walk along, and you love to pray and read the Bible. Yet there are other days that this is not the case. It feels like your prayers are bouncing back off the ceiling and you lose the motivation to serve that you had at previous times.”

The Power and Danger of Habit

Chris writes about the power and the danger of habit. “Have you noticed this? It’s so much easier to build a bad habit than a good one, and so much easier to break a good habit than a bad one. Why is it easier to pick up bad words than to delete them from your vocabulary? Why is it easier to become a pessimist than an optimist? Why is it so easy to break your habit of daily Bible reading but so hard to put down your phone?”

Introducing Eikon 6.1 (Spring 2024)

If you’re interested in doing some slightly more academic reading, you may want to consider the new issue of CBMW’s journal Eikon. It offers a wide variety of articles, reviews, and other material.

Flashback: Before You Pack Up and Leave…

What should you do when you begin feeling discontent at your church? … I’d like to offer just a few suggestions that I hope you’ll consider and put into practice.

We are saved by the gospel of God to worship the God of the gospel.

—Fred Sanders

  • 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.