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A La Carte (May 8)


Today’s Kindle deals include some solid picks from several different publishers.

Westminster Books has deals on the excellent 31-day counseling devotionals. Churches may want to stock up on some of these titles.

Churches Helping Get Indiana Back on Track

James Feris explains why Indiana churches are embarking on a unique opportunity to serve the state this week as they begin to once again open their doors.

The Untimely Church

“It has become abundantly clear that the contemporary church is fully convinced that the effective church (and the effective Christian) is ‘timely’ (That is, in step with the times).” Harry Reeder shows why churches should be aiming for something different.

Can Airbnb Survive? (Video)

“With cancellations adding up and crippling the travel industry, guests, hosts and investors alike are left asking whether Airbnb will survive at all.” It seems likely that it will, largely because it can abandon its “partners” for now and work on getting them when the situation stabilizes.

The Half-Century Prayer Request of George Muller

“Might you be growing weary or discouraged in some earnest prayer request you’ve been lifting up to the Lord for quite some time, perhaps even a very long time? If so, here’s some timely encouragement from the remarkable example of George Muller, a man mighty in faith and prayer.”

3 Ways the Holy Spirit Helped Spurgeon Preach

Every preacher can attest to the deep longing to be helped by the Holy Spirit. This article outlined some of the ways Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers himself, relied on the Spirit.

The Disappointing Truth About Antibody Testing

We’ve heard a lot about the importance of antibody testing to establish how far the outbreak has spread. This long article explains some of what that kind of testing involves as well as some of its limitations.

Four Clarifying (I Hope) Thoughts on the Complementarian Conversation

Kevin DeYoung has quite a long article on complementarianism that is not about, but occasioned by, the release of Aimee Byrd’s new book. (Context: Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by Aimee Byrd and Does Anyone Need to Recover from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood?, Andy Naselli’s critical review posted on CBMW’s site.)

Flashback: Matt Chandler’s Radical Reminder that “God Is For God”

It’s a common practice for today’s preacher to put us at the center of the Bible… But if God is primarily for God and the Bible is not about us, then we are not the hero.

I venture to say that the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. Sickness has frequently been of more use to the saints of God than health has.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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