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A La Carte (June 5)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some books you’ll definitely want to check out.

Christian Audio is holding their twice-annual sale which sees them mark down a host of audiobooks. It’s always worth checking out.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Space Between Courting and Hooking Up)

Growing Old Graciously

Jared Wilson writes, “I’ve seen men and women grow old well. And I’ve seen some men and women grow old not so well. I do not want to be in the latter camp, and I’ve determined to begin thinking about it now, at the relatively young-old age of 42. I don’t want age to sneak up on me, because that’s how one grows grouchy, I suspect. I may not be able to grow old gracefully—seriously, every morning something new creaks and I am in danger of injury just from yawning—but I can certainly, by God’s grace, grow old graciously.”

Judge Everything

“False teachers flourish where there is no scrutiny. That’s why so many of them set up camp in environments where there is little to no biblical discernment—where God’s Word is nothing more than a supplement to personal experience, anecdote, and embellishment. Why do the heavy lifting of careful Bible study when one can simply ‘let go’ and be drawn into the gravitational pull of a religious guru? Our short attention span and quick-fix culture is easily preyed upon by charismatic sideshows, feel-good philosophy, and the television hucksters of modern pseudo-Christianity.”

The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity #4: Is Behavior More Important Than Doctrine?

Here is the next instalment in Michael Kruger’s series on Progressive Christianity.

Christian Baker Wins Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

There is good news and bad news with this ruling. (See also Rod Dreher)

Facebook’s Biggest Concern: Teens are Leaving

“The social giant is no longer the preferred platform among teens. Even worse, it is now the network of the poor and less educated segment of the young population.” That’s quite a conundrum for Facebook and something to keep in mind for the parents of teens.

Review: The Bible Project – Seriously Great but Seriously Flawed

Richard Sweatman answers a question I get asked very often: What’s the good and bad with The Bible Project? “Understanding and teaching the Bible can be hard work so it feels like a win to find a resource that can help us do it well. Over the last few years, many people have watched and enjoyed The Bible Project videos and started to use them more in teaching. In this post, I want to raise a few concerns about the theology taught in The Bible Project and invite you to think about how you use them for yourself and in teaching.”

A New Era of Supersonic Flight is Almost Here. But Nobody Can aAgree on the Right Speed

“Three startups are racing to create the next generation of supersonic planes – and they’re set to go faster than ever before” But it’s a long way off, I think, especially for the likes of you and me.

Flashback: Satisfaction at the Cost of Obedience

Temptation is only attractive because of the evil desire that dwells within you.

When you do something the Bible forbids, or when you want to do something the Bible forbids, you’ve got to look inside and admit your love of sin, your attraction to sin. Temptation is only attractive because of the evil desire that dwells within you.

Grace is not an exemption from failure. It is, however, what makes it possible to sustain hope in the midst of failure.

—Andy Crouch

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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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    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.