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A La Carte (November 5)

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Duties of the Minister of the Gospel

Geoff Kirkland has a helpful article for ministers. He simply reminds pastors of their essential duties.

Seven Discoveries to Define and Ignite Passion for Missions

Julian: “As we prepare for a new missions course at GFC, I wanted to learn how John Piper and the elders of Bethlehem Baptist Church laboured to create a vision and passion for missions in their local church. Here are seven discoveries and truths they have learned and taught.”

Seven Myths of Contextualization

Bob Kauflin discusses the always-hot topic of contextualization.

Failure Deconstructed

I would have liked Ed Welch to go a bit deeper into his examination of failure, but what he shares here is at least a good start.

This Day in 1858. 157 years ago today, John and Mary Paton arrived on the island of Tanna (now called Vanautu). Mary died soon afterwards. *

10 Ways to Create Unhealthy Schism Over The Extent of The Atonement

These are worth thinking about.

How To Walk Into Church

I will have a review of this book soon. For now, check out the sale at Westminster Books. This is one to purchase in bulk and give out at your church.

For those who don’t keep up on social media, you may enjoy this revised quiz I shared yesterday. I made it 5 years ago but updated and quizzified it yesterday. It’s easy: You read the quote and tell me whether it’s from Joel Osteen or a fortune cookie. (And, to further prove the point, maybe try Paul Washer or Fortune Cookie?)


To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark—that is faith.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • The Deconstruction of Christianity

    The Deconstruction of Christianity

    There is nothing new and nothing particularly unusual about apostasy—about people who once professed the Christian faith coming to deny it. From the early church to the present day, we have witnessed a long and sad succession of people walking away from Christianity and often doing so with expressions of anger, animosity, and personal superiority.…

  • Free Stuff Friday – The Timeless Truths Bible (Thomas Nelson Bibles)

    This week Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Thomas Nelson Bibles. They are giving away five copies of the Timeless Truths Bible. About the Timeless Truths Bible: The Christian faith is founded upon unchanging, timeless truth. From the days of the early church until the day of Christ’s return, all of Christianity proclaims that “Jesus…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (February 2)

    A La Carte: When your spouse won’t join a solid church / The gospel gives us courage / The beautiful burden of caregiving / At work in his Word / Do I have a hard heart? / Surrendering rights for the sake of the gospel / and more.

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (February 1)

    A La Carte: Vetting kids’ entertainment isn’t a one-and-done / Joni Eareckson Tada’s resilient joy in pain / Honor marriage / How can the church remain faithful in this current cultural climate? / What senior pastors should know about the younger generations / and more.

  • When God Gives Us a Platform

    When God Gives Us a Platform

    There are many ways we may respond to the sudden onrush of some new pain or the sudden onset of some fresh sorrow. There are many options set before us when health fails and uncertainty draws near, when wealth collapses and bankruptcy looms, when a loved one is taken and we are left alone. There…

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    A La Carte (January 31)

    A La Carte: What are demons and how should we think about them? / It’s time to stop bagging out the “average church member” / Alistair Begg and the loving thing / The internal contradiction in transgender theories / Seeing in color / The sad relief / and more.