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A La Carte (June 28)


Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting titles.

Logos users: There is a flash sale on James Montgomery Boice’s excellent commentaries.

Golf and the Sanctity of Life

It’s good, right, and important to celebrate the accomplishments of people with special needs. However, it’s also important we don’t do so in such a way that subtly argues that the sanctity of their lives depends upon their accomplishments.

10 Things You Should Know about the Garden of Eden

Nancy Guthrie provides a look at the Garden of Eden which, not surprisingly, has echoes all throughout Scripture. (I’m not convinced about number 10.)

Mark Dever says “Matthias Media resources are faithful, fresh and of great help.” Some of the most helpful of their resources are on sale this week, including Trellis and Vine and How to Walk into Church. Matthias Media exists to partner with all Christians in making disciples. So, if you have a ministry need or a favorite disciple-making resource that isn’t on sale, call their team. They are very happy to give you ideas and extend the same discount for the resources you need.

Preach a Sermon, Not a Self-Help Talk (Video)

Erik Raymond discusses the difference.

3 Sources of Joy in Preaching Weekly

Speaking of preaching, Trevin Wax reflects on the joy that was his when he preached on a weekly basis. “As I reflect on the great honor I had to serve as the primary preacher in our church, I keep coming back to three main sources of joy.”

How to Optimize Your Frequent-Flier Miles (Video)

I love frequent-flier miles (and collect them avidly) so was glad to get some tips from this video.

Amsterdam and Autonomy: The Good News of a Sovereign God

Ronny Kurtz visited Amsterdam and was stopped in his tracks when he heard how much Dutch folk value autonomy. “Christian, self-autonomy is nothing to rejoice in. The news that we are completely in control of our fate would surely be bad news. Instead, we gladly entrust ourselves, and our futures, to the one who is immutable in his perfections and perfect in his ways. The wonder of wonders in the Christian faith is not that God has established our sovereignty in order to let us fend for ourselves; the glorious wonder of our triune God is that he has delighted in exercising his sovereignty for our good.”

Do Airlines and Travel Websites Really Raise Their Ticket Prices Every Time I Log Back On?

You have probably heard this claim before, but it seems no one has ever been able to prove it definitely. Also, there’s another simpler explanation.

Flashback: Writers Write

It’s the most obvious advice in the world, I know. But it’s advice every writer needs to hear and take to heart. Writers write.

Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.

—Charles Spurgeon

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.