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A La Carte (October 13)


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

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    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…