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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

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    A La Carte (July 22)

    A La Carte: No facts or evidence required / Unity is not the same as total agreement / Christians and magic / Beware of local cults / In the school of contentment / Books by Jen Wilkin / and more.

  • The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Bible has life and the Bible brings life because it has been spoken by God. The Bible’s life, its voice, its feet, and hands are the life, voice, feet, and hands of God extended toward his people. For that reason among others it is always worthy of our time, our attention, and our dedication.

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 20)

    A La Carte: The wedding of the century / Why grieving people need a theology of giving / God desires your happiness / Sincere love and hospitality in the church / Real life is a better teacher than social media / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (MBTS)

    This week Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the Church Institute is a free online platform from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to provide free and accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify local churches. Courses may be taken as a self-paced individual or as a group within your…

  • A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    God’s design for gender and sexuality is fixed and unchanging. The way he created us is the way he means for us to live. The instruction he provides in the Bible is all we need to understand his purpose and live it out in a way that honors and pleases him. The wisdom he provides…