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A La Carte (May 3)

I was not able to track down any Kindle deals for books that weren’t pretty much blatant heresy. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Logos users will want to check out this month’s free and nearly-free books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Are You Addicted To Your Phone? Take a Quiz to Find Out)

Pope Francis in the Wilderness

“Five years ago, Pope Francis was elected to be an agent of change within a church shaken by scandals and the historic resignation of Benedict XVI. He quickly became a global force in geopolitics, setting the agenda on climate change and care for migrants. World leaders wanted to be near him. Even non-Catholics adored him. Today, Francis is increasingly embattled.” He is, indeed, and for good reason.

What Pope Francis Should Have Said to Emanuele

Jordan Standridge gives a far better answer to Emanuele’s question for the pope, ‘is my Dad in heaven?’”

Why Do Tumbleweeds Tumble? (Video)

“The silent star of classic Westerns is a plant on a mission. It starts out green and full of life. It even grows flowers. But to reproduce effectively, it needs to turn into a rolling brown skeleton.”

Church Website Providers – A Comprehensive Comparison of Pricing and Features

If you are looking for some help with your church website, this article provides some useful comparisons on church website providers.

Learning to See the Glory in the Frustration of Parenting

This is an article to encourage and challenge every parent out there in the frustration (and the joys) of day to day parenting.

Why Neither Accumulation nor Minimalism Can Make You Happy

“We live in an age of affluence and relative wealth. Compared to our ancestors from 100 or 200 years ago, most of us enjoy much better lives than they did then. One of the effects of our affluence is that we accumulate many things to satisfy our desires. Need a new table? Ikea. Need a new gadget? Apple store. Need some tool for the yard? Home Depot. Want something to add your room’s design? Kijiji (or Craigslist). It’s easy to get stuff.”

Four Lessons I’ve Learned From the Puritans

Dave Arnold shares four lessons on how the Puritans impacted him. There are lots of good reasons to give the Puritans a try!

Dear Media: Please Distinguish Conversion from Conversion Therapy

Denny Burk has a plea for the media.

Flashback: If Only I Had Been Saved By Merit!

One of the hardest tasks for every Christian is to deeply believe and forever remember that we’ve been saved by grace. One of the sweetest disciplines for every Christian is to meditate upon the grace that God extends to the undeserving.

There are many people in ministry too strong to be useful. There are no people in ministry too weak to be useful.

—John MacArthur

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