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A La Carte (March 8)


Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of minor books.

Logos March Madness marches on with 40% discounts on some commentary series.

Crossway has a free e-book copy of Calvin on the Christian Life if you’d like it.

(Yesterday on the blog: Christians Great and Small)

Spurgeon’s Orphanage: How One Woman Changed the World

“The story of Spurgeons Children’s Charity began in 1867, and was initially started as an orphanage for ‘fatherless’ boys in Victorian London. Ten years later, a girls’ wing opened. In 1979, the orphanages closed and gave way to the rise of a charity that continues to support vulnerable children and families across the country.”

C.J. Mahaney Withdraws from T4G

Yesterday C.J. Mahaney announced he’d be withdrawing from next month’s Together for the Gospel conference. Christianity Today reports.

Surrogacy for Money

Surrogacy is becoming increasingly common. Here’s why Christians ought to think about it very carefully.

How Many Minutes Should a 26–year–old Preach?

“Charles Spurgeon wrote, ‘We are generally longest when we have least to say. A man with a great deal of well–prepared matter will probably not exceed forty minutes; when he has less to say he will go on for fifty minutes, and when he has absolutely nothing he will need an hour to say it.’” I think we’ve all seen that happen, haven’t we?

How Do You Evaluate a Pastor?

“If we are thinking in summary terms of what a pastor is to be and do, we have a good start when we think in terms of him being godly and gifted.” These are basic but biblical categories to think in.

Facebook Really Is Spying on You

“Conspiracy theorists think Facebook has tapped your phone’s microphone to target ads by listening to your conversations. Truth is, it doesn’t have to.” Speaking personally, I don’t mind this form of advertising so much. If I’m going to see ads anyway (which I am) they may as well be relevant.

Intersectionality, the Dangerous Faith

Do read this one: “The demise of religion among American youth is greatly exaggerated. It turns out that America isn’t raising a new generation of unbelievers. Instead, rising in the heart of deep-blue America are the zealots of a new religious faith. They’re the intersectionals, they’re fully woke, and the heretics don’t stand a chance.”

What’s So Bad About the Passive Voice?

Writers (and others) may appreciate this essay. “The passive voice causes a lot of heartache for readers and writers alike. Somewhere along the line, you have probably been told to avoid passive voice. That’s not bad advice, except for the fact that sometimes the passive voice is exactly what you need.”

Flashback: Stop Calling Everything Hate

We need to resist this updated definition of “hate,” to keep the new, expansive form of the word out of the church. Otherwise, we risk confusing hatred with confidence about revealed truth—we need to have the ability to confidently declare what is orthodox and what is heterodox, what is consistent with the Bible and what is heretical.

Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord and shall we not receive evil? Shall we walk joyfully in the light and not patiently in darkness?

—Anne Dutton

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    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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    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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