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A La Carte (May 3)

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Today’s Kindle deals include most of the volumes of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on The New Testament, which is an excellent series.

The Most Common Reasons Pastors Fall

This is really good and shies away from the usual simple explanations of how and why pastors fall.

I Fear You Will Die and Go to Hell

Sobering: “Can I be brutally honest with you today? If you’re a Christian who’s planning your divorce, you could be planning the biggest mistake of your life. Why not run to God today and plead for Him to restore your marriage? Divorce is not commanded. Divorce is a decision. Why not choose to keep your marriage vows and work passionately to restore your marriage for the glory of God?”

How Can You Live Without Sex?

Ed Shaw: “The pity I receive (and can feel) as a result is often overwhelming. At times the implication seems to be that I’m not quite human simply because I’ve yet to experience such a basic human right as sexual intercourse.”

Thinking? Conference Toronto

If you’re in the Toronto area and don’t have plans for Saturday, you should check out the Thinking? conference.

A New Frame of Mind

“A transformed mind is a mind that is saturated by Scripture, able to discern between right and wrong–as well as between right and nearly right. Such a mind is filled with biblical principles which always yields biblical peace and practice.”

Emerging After Hibernation (Video)

This is kind of fun: Footage of a bear struggling to wake up after hibernating. I guess we wouldn’t do much better after sleeping for months.

The Outraged Are Always Right

“t’s getting really bad out there. Americans, including very intelligent, thoughtful ones, simply cannot abide the mere presence of someone they don’t agree with.” It really is incredible to see.

What You Should Know about the Prosperity Gospel

Joe Carter rounds it up, starting with Benny Hinn’s recent trouble with the law.

Flashback: Little Jumps in Studios

The Bible holds the office of pastor higher than Prime Minister or President–and provides a long list of qualifications for anyone who would hold it. This is an age of radical egalitarianism in which we want to acknowledge no distinctions between one person and another, even if one of them represents an important office. And yet the Bible elevates this one office as the office of double honor.

It is tragic to go through our days making Christ the subject of our study but not the sustenance of our souls.

—Vance Havner

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  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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