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A La Carte (October 19)

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It has not been the best week ever for Kindle deals, but I scraped together a small and eclectic collection for today.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Pastor’s Job Isn’t To Fix Things)

The Joy We Know Only in Suffering

“The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I see that sufferers often have secret access to happiness.” I think most of us find this to be true.

Preach Simple Sermons

Yes, please preach simple sermons (that expound deep truths). “Far too many preachers seek to unleash their theologically robust and esoteric vocabulary upon the church without considering the common man and woman among the church who may not get it. In other words, it’s best for the preacher to put the cookies on the bottom shelf as often as possible in order to deliver the truth and unleash God’s gospel.”

How Our Culture Justifies Its Sexual Freedom

Michael Kruger continues his excellent little series. “Of all the postmodern cliches that abound, this one may be the most common. And it’s quite effective, rhetorically speaking. After all, it tells people what they already want to hear. They want to hear that they have all the sexual freedom they desire and, at the same time, that they are good people who are just about ‘love.’”

Baseball’s Crime against Humility

I’m actually a fan of the DH so do not quite share this doom and gloom attitude. Still, it’s an enjoyable article. “As America’s national pastime approaches its season finale, rumor has it that Major League Baseball may inflict the ultimate, unthinkable indignity on the dwindling ranks of sports traditionalists: bringing the designated hitter to the National League.”

Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift

This is very significant. “Forty percent of all births in the U.S. now occur outside of wedlock, up from 10 percent in 1970, according to an annual report released on Wednesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the largest international provider of sexual and reproductive health services. “

How do I Know That I am Elect? (Video)

Sinclair Ferguson: “‘Can we know for sure that we are saved?’From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, Sinclair Ferguson looks at the doctrine of assurance and what it means to be born again.”

3 Reasons You Should Preach through The Song of Solomon

This neat series from 9Marks continues its way through each book of the Bible. I’d wager few of us have heard sermons on Song of Solomon before.

Flashback: The Missing Elements of Modern Worship

The purpose of the band is to serve and facilitate, not perform and dominate. You know you are experiencing congregational worship when the voices of the people rise higher than the instruments and the lead worshippers.

According to Christ, the truest kind of leadership demands service, sacrifice, and selflessness.

—John MacArthur

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