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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

  • 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…

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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.