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A La Carte (March 11)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Logos users: Keep making your will known in the March Matchups competition. There are a couple of rounds still to go and already many deals to be had.

Today’s Kindle deals include some titles dealing with important social issues.

(Yesterday on the blog: The God Who Reaches Out)

More Than a Social Gospel

“Understanding the proper relationship between gospel proclamation and social ministry is a matter that has been notoriously fraught for many Christians throughout church history. This is especially the case among evangelicals in the past one hundred years or so.”

Captive Thoughts Tame the Tongue

Lara d’Entremont: “From a lack of closer inspection and unwarranted assumptions, we can sometimes approach an illness or even a knotted-up sin from the wrong angle. We try to treat the symptoms, but because the source of the problem has been misdiagnosed, we see no difference or improvement. I’ve often taken this misstep when trying to tame my speech.”

Getting Organized for the Glory of God

“When the Bible clearly lays out a responsibility — whether financial giving, or evangelism, or discipleship — there is the implied responsibility to be as purposeful and organized as necessary to fulfill that biblical command.” Justin Huffman explains.

Counting the Stars

This is a fun article about just how many stars God created.

Cynics in the Hand of a Living God: How to Shake a Cynicism Habit

If you struggle with cynicism, this article may give you some food for thought.

Five Reminders for the Weary and Burdened Soul

Sarah Walton: “Do you ever feel like you just aren’t enough? Do you feel like there isn’t enough of you to go around and, no matter how much effort you pour out, there’s always something lacking, somewhere you’ve fallen short, or something that hasn’t panned out as you expected? I sure do.”

Flashback: What’s the Purpose (and the Benefit) of Family Devotions?

There isn’t a singular purpose to family devotions, but a whole network that intertwine and that together add up to something far greater than the sum of its parts.

The Pharisee in the temple confessed a great many sins—but they were his neighbor’s sins and the publican’s sins; he made no confession of sin for himself.

—J.R. Miller

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  • 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…