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A La Carte (November 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a rather miscellaneous collection of books.

The free book of the month from Logos is actually an entire course.

What is Sola Scriptura Protecting Us Against?

“At the heart of Sola Scriptura, is the recognition that fallen humans have a problem with authority. Indeed, fallen humans are always looking to replace God’s authority with some other human/creaturely authority. After all, that was the essence of the very first sin in the garden. The rebellion of Adam and Eve was fundamentally a rejection of God’s word that if they ate of the fruit they would surely die.”

Where Does Pope Francis Stand on the Doctrine of Justification?

Leonardo De Chirico, who pastors in Rome, takes on an important question here.

“No doubt many an actor in Hollywood is looking down the barrel of the end of their career now, waiting in trepidation for the email, Tweet, blog post that pulls the trigger. ‘Lawyer up!’ as Saul Goodman might say. “

15 Theses Against The Prosperity Church

My friend Sam hates the prosperity gospel. I enjoyed reading his 15 theses against it.

Take Time to Build

Don’t have the time, ability, or inclination to go to a conference? Here’s an alternative.

Burying the Calculator: God’s Gift of the Big, Fat Zero

“Five hundred miles north of us, near the San Francisco bay, sits a man named Curtis Roberts. I doubt he’s ever read a word of Luther or visited the Castle Church in Wittenberg. He doesn’t know anything about “Here We Still Stand.” It’s likely that 1517 is just as insignificant to him as 1603 or 1825. He’s not in a beautiful, ocean-side hotel with soft beds and good coffee. Curtis is in a group that far outnumbers those of us gathered here, for he is one of over 4000 inmates at San Quentin State Prison. Yet it is for Curtis that we are here.”

Glad To Pastor in a Small Town

There is so something so right about what Paul Carter describes here.

Flashback: 6 Marks of a Faithful Ministry

The very fact that God calls certain men to “care for the church of God” (Acts 20:28) proves that the church is in need of care. God gives us pastors because we need pastoring. But what is this ministry? How does a pastor minister to his people in a way that expresses due care and concern for them?

There is nothing new in theology but that which is false; only the old is true for truth must be old, as old as God himself.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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