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A La Carte (May 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include a grab bag of deals. There’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that…

Westminster Books continues their Calvin for Everyone sale with a deep discount on a great edition of the Institutes. Several similar resources are also on sale.

Seattle Reboot: Life After Mars Hill

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra has a done a great job in this longform article of telling what happened to Mars Hill Church after it collapsed. I still hope someone is working on a book about it all.

Wise and Innocent

“What of those of us who are not so comfortable with aspects of the progressive social agenda, who perhaps even find them antithetical to Christian convictions? What are Christians to do when it is wrong to withdraw from public engagement, but threatening to so engage? What might appropriate response look like?”

Choose Your Apocalypse Now

Once again, Stephen McAlpine provides some insightful cultural analysis. “What we face in the West is a choice between two kinds of apocalypse; an ugly terrifying one and one, that though beautiful, is merely a facade, a chimera that cannot hold up the weight of our hopes and dreams, and will ultimately disappoint.”

Jesus Had To Grow Up Too

I wrote a whole series of articles on this subject, but thought this article nicely sums up what I attempted to say.

Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary (Video)

I’m not much of a car guy, but I do think I had a poster of a Countach on my wall at one point. What boy of the 80s didn’t?

On “Listening” to Millennials

“Honestly, I feel bad for churches and older leaders trying to get a handle on reaching Millennials. One of the biggest things the recent literature tells churches to do is “listen” to Millennials. But that can be fairly confusing.” Derek Rishmawy explains why.

Memorial Day and My Church’s Bold Request

“Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the moment of singing and not actually consider the words we are saying, but this song has a bold request. Asking the Lord to delay His coming in order for us to just have one more moment in which to share the Gospel!”

New Tribe Missions 75th Anniversary

If you’re in Ontario, you may be interested in a 75th anniversary open house and celebration at NTM.

Flashback: The Soul’s Thirst

While we all thirst, we do not all thirst in the same way. Donald Whitney’s book Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health has much to say about this.

Zeal is like fire; in the chimney it is one of the best servants; but out of the chimney it is one of the worst masters

—Thomas Brooks

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    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…