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A La Carte (June 25)

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Westminster Books is having a big sale on summertime new releases. There’s a whole list of great books to choose from—something for everyone, I’m sure!

There are, as usual, some Kindle deals to be had today.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do)

Principles for Leading an Effective Meeting

If it falls to you to lead meetings, you’ll benefit from Dan Doriani’s tips.

Longing for Home with C.S. Lewis and Tyler Childers

“We live in a discontented, rootless age. Rarely do we experience the loyalty that arises from a sense that we rightly belong somewhere. Rarely do we pass on the opportunity for economic advancement because we feel duty-bound to these people in this place. As a pastor, I notice a continual drive to climb higher. When the bigger church with the bigger salary comes calling, it’s rarely a difficult decision for many.”

A Prayer from the Cave (Psalm 34) 

What do you think of when you imagine a cave? Darkness? The sound of water dripping from the ceiling? Mysterious animals scurrying about the cave floor? If you were alone inside a cave, would you be afraid? David was in a cave. And afraid. Yes, the warrior king, the man after God’s own heart, the giant slayer, the master of weapons. That David. (Sponsored)

The Uncategorizable Suffering

Lara d’Entremont: “As I grieved our losses and trials, I, like Elisabeth Elliot, realized not all suffering falls into neat and tidy boxes. We can’t simply assess our pain and drop it into the right category and then deduce what results should follow.”

How (and How Not) to Wait

Mark Vroegop explains how (and how not) to wait. “Do you know anyone who likes to wait? I don’t. If you were to take a quick survey, there’d be a strong consensus that waiting is difficult, annoying, or downright bad. Waiting should be avoided and not affirmed, right? Everyone knows that!”

Things Too Marvelous

“Oh, how I would like to be able to say that I do not occupy myself with things too marvelous for me! How about you?” Yes, me too!

Eat This, Not That

“There are instructions in Leviticus and Deuteronomy about certain foods the Israelites were to eat and certain foods they were to avoid. The main places in the Torah addressing Israel’s dietary laws are Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. The instructions pertain to food from the land, from the sea, and from the sky.” Mitch makes some interesting observations about them.

Flashback: The Duty of Reflection

In troubled times we shall find ourselves starving if we do not taste of what God has done.

The nearer men are to being sinless, the less they talk about it.

—D.L. Moody

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    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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    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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