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A La Carte (October 13)

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I’ve got a couple of book deals to mention today.

First, Westminster Books is offering a discount on the excellent Ask the Christian Counselor series of short books. The various titles cover a range of important topics and are a good resource for counselors and pastors.

Meanwhile, 10ofThose is having a fall sale with lots of good books discounted. They include the new book by David Gibson, The Lord of Psalm 23, as well as some geared toward Christmas.

And then, of course, you’ll also find a few good Kindle deals.

And now some links…

Maturity requires suffering

“If you want to mature, you’re going to have to suffer. Actually, that’s not quite right. You are going to suffer, that’s the nature of life under the sun. Some of that will be petty, some of it will be serious, and (heaven-forfend) some of it will be so psychologically scarring that you’ll be getting over it for a long time.”

The Light Never Fades

Kristin is just slightly out ahead of Aileen and me in life stage and I love to read her reflections on it.

10 Things You Should Know about the Holy Spirit

I have benefited a lot from Fred Sanders’ writing on the Holy Spirit–books like The Deep Things of God and articles like this one.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Advice for Members on Church Plants

If you are thinking of going on a church plant, or have to in the future, this article may help provide you with some clarity.

An Invalid for Thirty-Eight Years

In John 5, Jesus heals a man who has been an invalid for 38 years. That seems like an oddly specific number. Mitch Chase looks into the biblical data to see if there could be some significance there. (For what it’s worth, I’m not convinced, but it’s still interesting to consider.)

What Does the Roman Catholic Church Believe About Justification?

It’s important to know what the Roman Catholic Church believes about justification. And almost no one has better taught that than R.C. Sproul.

Flashback: What’s the Purpose of … Baptism?

We are justified by faith — not by baptism. And yet, those who are justified by faith are commanded to proclaim their salvation by being baptized. In baptism we obey the great and final commission given by our Lord.

So completely was Jesus bent upon saving sinners by the sacrifice of Himself, He created the tree upon which He was to die, and nurtured from infancy the men who were to nail Him to the accursed wood.

—Octavius Winslow

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…

  • Moral Vision

    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…