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A La Carte (November 29)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of volumes from Mark Dever as well as a few volumes from a popular-level commentary series.

Stop Excommunicating Yourself from the Lord’s Supper

I’m thankful to Josh for writing this one. “When considering the responsibility and privileges of the Lord’s Supper, we must refrain from barring ourselves by becoming an intentional absentee (not attending the evening service if it’s observed in the evening services) or by intentional excommunication (due to a guilty conscience regarding our sin).”

Growing In Your Unflappability

Here’s an important quality for anyone in leadership.

From Shame to Sin

This is important: “The West is jettisoning the Christian understanding of human sexuality at an alarming speed. It is doing so, to a significant extent, without any meaningful understanding of how Christianity shaped western sexuality in the first place. Many seem to think that by freeing ourselves from the burden of Christian teaching we will finally be able to enjoy our sexuality without hindrance, as if this is what human beings were doing before prudish Christians came on the scene and ruined everything.”

How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

This longform article from The Atlantic exposes the absolute evil of casinos. “Gambling is a drug-free addiction. Yet despite the fact that there is no external chemical at work on the brain, the neurological and physiological reactions to the stimulus are similar to those of drug or alcohol addicts.”

Cutting the Proverbial Apron Strings

Diane Bucknell writes well about cutting the proverbial apron strings.

Alphabetizing Your Bookshelf

Let’s say you want to put all of your books in alphabetical order. What’s the fastest way to do so? This video explains.

New Book Release: Reformation Heritage Books has just published Dr. Joel Beeke’s commentary on Revelation. David Murray says “Dr. Beeke’s work on Revelation is a fine example of the kind of expository preaching that God has frequently chosen to bless to the salvation of sinners, the edification of saints, the strengthening of the church, and the demolition of satanic strongholds.”

Should You Practice Your Sermons?

Bill Mounce: “What do you rely on in your preaching and teaching? Human wisdom that is not based on divine revelation? The cute turn of phrase? Studied rhetoric at the expense of divine truth? Human machinations rather than the simple telling of divine revelation? Do you spend more time on your exegesis or on your delivery?”

Why Doesn’t Our Faith Move Mountains?

Didn’t Jesus say we could move mountains if we have faith? So why don’t we see mountains moving?

Leadership in the Home – Introduction

This is the beginning of a short series I wrote on leadership within the home.

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Time misspent is not time lived but time lost.

—Thomas Watson

  • 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.