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A La Carte (March 2)

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Logos users: March Matchups is back, and with it the opportunity to get some great deals. Also, be sure to grab this month’s free book.

If you’re in or near Canada and want to brush up on your preaching, a friend asked me to let you know about the Simeon Trust workshops in Calgary and Toronto.

Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little list.

(Yesterday on the blog: Learning Lessons From Scandals Close to Home)

The Life and Death of an Ordinary Saint

I love ordinary saints.

An Open Statement of the Truth

Kevin DeYoung: “You may have wondered in recent days, ‘When did I become a bigot?’ Not that you are likely a bigot, but that the world now considers you one. Beliefs that used to be obvious—to Christians and to almost everyone else—are now called hate speech, while practices and spectacles that wouldn’t have been whispered in private have become public celebrations.”

Five things you may not know about Adam

CMI has an interesting one here. “Adam is one of the best-known people in the Bible. Despite this, most people only know a few basic facts about him. His connection to every person on the planet, and therefore our need for the Gospel, is outlined below, as are five things about Adam you may not have known before.”

The Scariest Thing Jesus Ever Said

“For some, the Bible is and should be a great comfort. For others, it is and should be deeply disturbing. Throughout the Bible, God heals with reassuring words of forgiveness, kindness, and welcome. Also throughout the Bible, God thunders with warnings meant to stir people toward repentance, restoration, and peace.” Scott Sauls explains.

There are an infinite number of wheels in God’s providence

There are indeed!

Kate Forbes Is Done (or Why an Orthodox Christian Can Never Lead a Western Political Party Again)

“Kate Forbes stands little chance of becoming the First Minister of Scotland. And this is due to her publicly stated religious beliefs.” Stephen McAlpine reflects on alarming (yet somehow not surprising) situation.

Flashback: When God Unfolds His Will in Pieces

When it comes to our lives, God chooses to unfold his will in bits, in steps, in phases. He chooses to unfold his will in real-time and not in advance. He chooses to unfold his will in such a way that we need to exercise faith.

No parent gives mercy better than one who is convinced that he desperately needs it himself.

—Paul David Tripp

  • The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

    The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

    It was one of those little pieces of information that helped clarify so much in my mind, that described through data what I had seen with my own eyes and experienced in my own ministry. It is a piece of information we all ought to be aware of and one we all ought to consider.…

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    A La Carte (June 24)

    A La Carte: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and God’s beautiful providence / The Psalms’ quiet case for musical diversity / How to criticize your pastor / A new day / Take every thought captive / Sitting on suitcases / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…