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A La Carte (October 26)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

Logos users may want to check out some bundled deals of resources I recommend.

There’s an eclectic little mix of Kindle deals today and I expect quite a few more tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why I Owe Everything To Don Lewis)

Friendship: The Foundation of Paul’s Global Ministry

Caleb Greggsen: “Spurred on by this urgent desperation [to change the world], Christians often look to the book of Acts. They want to find the apostle Paul’s secret sauce. How did he get the gospel to go forward? What can we learn from him? Which methods are we applying incorrectly? Which methods would produce the harvest we pray for? But Paul’s actions in Acts aren’t the first place we should look to learn from his ministry.”

Our Scattered Longings

“Like most girls my age, I struggled with my own body. The number on the tag of my pants seemed like the gateway to true happiness. I scanned the girls in my middle school and high school and concluded If only I looked like her… The end of that sentence was long. I’d be happier. More comfortable. More adventurous. Confident. Assertive. And obviously no longer single.”

Why Christians Should Avoid Alarmism (And What To Do Instead)

Akos Balogh writes about the ways in which Christians can be prone to alarmism. He also writes about the cost it exacts from us.

10 Truths About the Holy Spirit from Romans 8

Ryan Higginbottom looks at a much-loved chapter of the Bible to see some of what it tells us about the Holy Spirit.

Look Up

This article deals with the way we can be so focused on our little problems that we forget to elevate our gaze.

The Dreaded Answer

“We absolutely hate it. It’s vile and wretched and rarely the answer we want to hear. Yet, unfortunately, we often find it a regular part of life. What is this four-letter response that leads us to wince when we hear it?”

5 Steps for Connecting (or Reconnecting) With A Church

This one may be helpful to people who are between churches. “I hear many people say that they want or need to get plugged into a local church, but they aren’t sure where to start. Maybe you are one of those people.”

Flashback: The Influenced Will Be Like the Influencer

…bit by bit, day by day, sermon by sermon, podcast by podcast, we will come to resemble the people we follow. For good or for ill, we will imitate them until we are like them.

Contrast yourself not with those below you, but with God above. We are too prone to compare our white robes with the stained garments of others, rather than with those robes which were whiter than a fuller could white them.

—F.B. Meyer

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    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.