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A La Carte (March 2)

Today’s Kindle deals include several excellent books, including one of my top picks for 2016 and a fantastic parenting book (for which you’ll also receive the audiobook for free).

Logos March Madness is here. It’s your chance to vote for favorite theologians and eventually purchase their works heavily discounted.

Why the American South Would Have Killed Charles Spurgeon

A little-known episode from the life of Spurgeon: “Last Saturday, we devoted to the ames a large number of copies of Spurgeon’s sermons… . We trust that the works of the greasy cockney vociferator may receive the same treatment throughout the South. And if the pharisaical author should ever show himself in these parts, we trust that a stout cord may speedily find its way around his eloquent throat.”

Prayer Isn’t Magic

“I think that one way to kill your prayer life is to overthink it.” Yes! I very much agree with Jared Wilson on that.

Peter Popoff, the Born-Again Scoundrel (Caution)

You’ll want to be careful with this one since it’s on GQ.com. That said, I didn’t see any concerning pictures or advertising around it. I link to the article because it’s an interesting look at an all-time scoundrel and shows how he continues to rack up victims.

The Most Embarrassing Vehicle You Can Drive (Video)

I don’t much care for cars, but enjoy this series of videos. Here Doug DeMuro shows and tells why the Hummer H2 is the most embarrassing vehicle you can drive.

The Desire for Marriage

It is not wrong to have no desire for marriage. But this is a great question to ask: “Do you want to keep the relative freedom of single life? Or do you have a specific vision for how to powerfully and efficiently use your freedom for others?”

Beauty and the Beast

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Disney is deciding to add explicitly gay characters to its movies for children.

Singing the Songs or Reciting the Sermon?

“You may have noticed at the end of church on a Sunday morning people will tend to go out singing the songs rather than reciting the sermon.” This puts responsibility on both the pastor and the worship leader.

Why We’re Leaving India, But Still Have Hope

Compassion has been forced out of India. In an interview with Christianity Today, the CEO explains how shutdown of 589 centers serving 145,000 children will affect staff, sponsors, and churches.

Flashback: The Question Asked at Every Conference Q&A

There is a question that comes up time and again in those question and answer sessions that happen at every Christian conference—those sessions that are so often a highlight of a good event.

The more clearly we see sin’s horror, the more we shall treasure the cross.

—D.A. Carson

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…