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A La Carte (May 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few that are definitely worth checking out.

Christian Audio has a Mother’s Day sale that includes my new book Devoted and many others for just $5.

(Yesterday on the blog: Ask Me Anything: Advice for Marriage and Concerns in the Church Today)

The Busy Critic and the Simple Church

“Busyness is often a mask to hide the fact that we are Christ-less. Simple church is messy church, because it’s an attempt to focus on organic relationships and authentic hospitality. It’s an effort to make things simple and to center everything on the church’s foundational gospel purposes. Taking away activity and propelling people towards biblical community will likely expose an emptiness. So it’s not surprising that when a church strips down programs and ministries and attempts to focus on organic relationships that they’ll receive significant kickback.”

Older Couples Are Increasingly Living Apart. Here’s Why

LAT or “Living Apart Together” is a new form of family that is on the rise particularly among the older demographic. This article discusses what it is and what is causing this shift.

Christina Lee Fast Speech (Video)

Christiana Lee Fast gave a powerful message at the Parliamentary Evening to Celebrate People With Down Syndrome on May 1. Why don’t you give it a listen…

A Time to Mourn

There is a time for mourning.

Exercise Tiger: The Disastrous D-Day Rehearsal That Cost 800 Lives

“In the months leading up to D-Day, the Allied powers organized a series of training exercises involving full dress rehearsal and live ammunition in order to give the soldiers a small taste of what they would experience during the actual landings. One such rehearsal took place in a small sleepy Devon village named Slapton.” What happened there was left out of the official record for a long, long time.

The Anemic Church

“Some churches are built on a foundation of entertainment and relevance. They need good pastors to go in and love them and feed them. It’s not their fault, at least not entirely. They’ve probably been led there by pastors and elders. It’s been their culture for years, and it will take both love and wisdom to lead them to something better.”

A Gospel for the Homeless

“In the Holy Spirit’s world, there are no ‘kinds’ of people. There are only souls needing the gospel. Sometimes people ask me questions like ‘why should we do outreach with the poor?’ I’m not sure how a Bible-reading Christian can think that’s a valid question.” There’s lots to learn here about ministering to the poor and homeless.

Flashback: The One Sure Mark of Christian Maturity

The Bible has the power to mature us, and as we commit ourselves to reading, understanding, and obeying it, we necessarily grow up in the faith. That maturity is displayed in the good works we do more than in the knowledge we recite. And this is exactly what God wants for us—he wants us to be mature and maturing doers of good who delight to do good for others.

Christ went more willingly to the cross than we do to the throne of grace.

—Thomas Watson

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.