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A La Carte (October 17)

It’s a huge day for Kindle deals today. Zondervan has a sale on all kinds of their best commentaries, Crossway has a list of Piper books on sale, and Matthis Media also has a whole list. Find the deals here.

Nine Attributes of a Real Man

“We need a better definition of masculinity, and who better to define what masculinity is than the Creator himself. When God created life, he reached down to touch and mold man from the earth. With care and intimacy, he created man in a distinctive way. Ultimately, we learn that God is embedding his own image into man.”

An Illustration of Repentance

This is an effective illustration to better understand repentance.

Free Games Designed To Make Money

I’m sure you’ve seen those “freemium” games. This video explains how they make money (and, indeed, how they are designed to make money).

You Are the Manure of the Earth

Anthony Bradley provides an interesting explanation of Jesus’ words “You are the salt of the earth.”

The World’s Toughest School Exam

“Chinese children must endure years of stress and impossible expectations preparing for their final school exam. The students who do best can look forward to glittering careers and even good marriage prospects. But for the less successful, the system is brutal.”

This Day in 1895. 121 years ago today Peter Cameron Scott, missionary to the Congo and Kenya and founder of Africa Inland Mission, arrived in Mombasa, Kenya with his team. *

Planet Earth II

Last week I shared the trailer for Planet Earth II. Since then they’ve released a second, longer trailer. The footage is absolutely incredible.

Do Visitors Feel Welcome?

Here are some good, practical tips on making sure visitors to your church feel welcome there.

Flashback: I’m Not Busy!

There is a cost to busyness, but there is a more subtle cost to being perceived as busy.

If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician.

—D.A. Carson

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.