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A La Carte (November 8)

I’m praying for you today, America. The rest of the world is watching and waiting. In victory or triumph, in joy or sorrow, let the gospel shine!

Today’s Kindle deals includes a pretty good-sized list: Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Beat God to the Punch and Manhood Restored by Eric Mason, When Missions Shapes the Mission by David Horner, Bible Doctrine by Wayne Grudem, Truth Matters and Truth in a Culture of Doubt by Andreas Kostenberger, and more.

CBD is having a big pre-Black Friday sale and there are some good deals to be had. I’ll leave you sort through it all, but you’ll find Bibles, study Bibles, books by favorite authors, and so on. There’s also a lot of really bad books, so caveat emptor.

Never Let Up in Killing Sin

Never ever. “The Christian life is war, a perpetual battle in which self-crucifixion is the only way to make it off the field alive (Galatians 5:24). But God is bringing us somewhere in sanctification, which means that we’re not stuck sheltered in the trenches waiting for sin’s storm to blow over in death.”

A Brief Meditation for Election Week

This comes courtesy of Michael Horton.

Shame, Sanctification, Singleness, and Marriage

Lore Ferguson Wilbert has a helpful meditation about shame, sanctification, singleness, and marriage. It’s good to read whether you’re single or married.

The 5 C’s of Preaching

Jared Wilson describes preaching under 5 headings. “How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?” There’s all the difference in the world.

Sunday Isn’t Enough

Joe Thorn makes an appeal for small group meetings. “As important as this sacred gathering is to the health of the local church, it alone is not enough. Other gatherings are necessary. The people of God must meet together in smaller numbers to carry out the will of God in each others’ lives.”

The Humbled Mother

Parenting does have its ways of humbling us, doesn’t it?

This Day in 1674. 342 years ago today John Milton, English poet and famed author of ‘Paradise Lost,’ died at 65. *

A Letter of Hope

Craig Glassock describes a letter he received that was full of hope.

The Globemakers

I love videos about handcrafted beauty. Here’s a short video about an old-school craft.

Flashback: Hope in a Pornified World

Yes, the world is overrun with pornography, but there is still hope to be found!

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God is not a killjoy; he just opposes what kills joy.

—John Piper

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.