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A La Carte (November 14)


Today’s Kindle deals include rather an eclectic list of books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Updates on Life, Health, Travels, and Family)

Preaching Holiness Without Bashing Heads

“In preaching a biblical virtue like holiness, preachers can easily give the idea that we must all strive for it through sheer grit. People who are already burdened with moralistic tendencies invariably tie those virtues to an angry, transcendentally holy and demanding God, and unwittingly, we will jump through one hoop after another to try to please God.”

Hospitality is Not Homebound

“That’s a good thing. I agree–we should welcome others into our homes when we can. But, I also want to send a clear message to women like me, women who are rarely home, whose kids are in fifteen different activities after school, whose family generally eats at different times in different cars in different cities because that’s just the phase of life that we’re in: hospitality can happen literally anywhere.”

What Happened to the Hummer? (Video)

The Hummer was a strange and short-lived phenomenon, wasn’t it?

Were the Gospels Meant to Be Taken as Historical Testimony?

“How do we know if the testimonies preserved about Jesus in the New Testament Gospels were intended to be taken as descriptions of real events in the first place?” That’s an important question for any apologist.

What Is Sex?

I enjoyed reading Wyatt Graham as he thinks out loud and in public about issues like this. “I want to define something that at one level is quite simple yet at another level can be hard to grasp.”

How Do I Read Through the New Testament? (Video)

Dr. Thomas Keene of RTS answers the question and along the way offers some helpful counsel for reading the Bible.

Desire for Approval

Ed Welch has a short one on the desire for approval and how it can harm relationships.

Flashback: Don’t Waste Your Ambition

God loves your ambition—ambition taken captive by his Word to carry out his will. Your ambition is a gift. Use it. Use it under the protection of character and self-discipline. Use it for God’s glory.

God is the Watchman. God is the Guardian. He will never let anyone snatch you from him. The evil of others might touch you but not own you.

—Ed Welch

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.