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A La Carte (October 22)


Today’s Kindle deals include an extensive list of books from Matthias Media that, to my knowledge, have not been on sale before.

(Yesterday on the blog: 6 Reasons For You To Consider Writing)

The Pastor as Hourly Employee?

“There are few things that elicit a deeper groan of sympathy from my own heart than a fellow pastor of a smaller church who tells me that his elders are suspicious enough to resort to tracking how much time he spends ‘in the office.’ To me, it is an immediate sign of an unhealthy session that distrusts the pastor when the elders want a man to keep track of his hours or when they take it upon themselves to do so.”

Discover the Truth about Isa al Masih (Jesus Christ)

Justin Taylor highlights what looks like it could prove an important series of videos.

Road Built by Biblical Villain Uncovered in Jerusalem

National Geographic has the story: “A long-buried street that led pilgrims to the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago was commissioned by Roman governor Pontius Pilate.”

I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight

We may be coming into the age of ultra-long flights. It raises the question: If you need to get between, let’s say, Toronto and Sydney anyway, would you rather do it in one long flight, or in a few shorter flights?

The Freebie Round-Up

Nitoy Gonzales continues to find and share some of the best free stuff for Christians.

A Life Well Lived

Some of my favorite obituaries to read are those in honor of ordinary people. Here is an encouraging one a friend sent my way. “My sister was generous, hospitable, loyal, trustworthy, genuine and absolutely bursting with life. Even when others let her down she was quick to forgive. In her 51 years she was a shining example of a life well lived. She embodied the verse in John 10 v 10 ‘I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.’ Anna embodied the Christian life. She loved creation, she loved people, she practised hospitality, she loved her church family and she lived out her faith in an authentic and practical way.”

How Amazon Returns Work (Video)

I found this a fascinating look at how Amazon handles the crazy logistics of so many returned items.

Flashback: Young Christian: Give the Lord a Lot to Work With

The teens and twenties—these are years that can be put to very good use or that can be squandered. These are years that can form the firm foundation of a life well-lived or the unsteady foundation of a life tragically wasted.

It’s a pretty empty feeling to pray for someone when deep down inside you’re not actually believing it’s going to matter.

—David Platt

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • 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…