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A La Carte (October 17)

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Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals are all about Francis Schaeffer.

(Yesterday on the blog: What You Can Take With You Into Eternity)

The Case For Kids

Kevin DeYoung makes the case for kids. “The most significant thing happening in the world may very well be a thing that is not happening: Men and women are not having children. The biblical logic has been reversed, and the barren womb has said ‘Enough!’ (Prov. 30:16). The paradigmatic affliction of the Old Testament is now the great desire of nations. If Rachel wanted children more than life itself (Gen. 30:1), our generation seems to have concluded that nothing gets in the way of life more than children.”

Spirit of Light

“The Reformers placed tremendous stress on the gifts of the Spirit to the whole body of Christ. John Calvin himself has rightly been described by B.B. Warfield as ‘the theologian of the Holy Spirit.’ Yet Reformed Christians always have been given a ‘bad press’ for their views on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.” But this should not be!

What Is Eastern Orthodoxy? A Reformed Perspective and Response

This article explains some of the key distinctions between Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism.

Are There Many Ways to God? Most “Evangelicals” Say Yes. (Video)

This video from Ligonier explains.

The Birth of Narnia and Why Tolkien Hated It

Here’s why Tolkien hated Narnia. “His criticism went beyond evaluation and suggestion to the level of insult.”

How Is the Trinity Vital for My Christian Life?

Danny Hyde explains why understanding the Trinity is vital for a healthy Christian life.

Flashback: What I Want From the News

It’s gotten so I almost hate the news. I want to know what’s going on in the world, but I’ve lost confidence that there’s as much as a single organization out there communicating it in a trustworthy way.

It is not hard to deceive ministers, relatives and friends. But it is impossible to deceive Christ.

—J.C. Ryle

  • 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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    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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