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A La Carte (October 3)

Today’s Kindle deals include a collection of book by Elyse Fitzpatrick (Found in Him, Give Them Grace, Counsel from the Cross, and Because He Loves Me), the “Little Black Book” series from Matthias Media, and a selection of other titles.

In case you didn’t check in over the weekend, this month’s free book from Logos is Craig Keener’s New Covenant Commentary on Romans. You can get another commentary (Fee on Revelation) for $1.99.

Free from Christian Audio this month is The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem & Barry Asmus. Several other Grudem titles are discounted to $4.98.

Gospel-Driven Humility

What does humility look like? Maybe something like this little anecdote. “Spiritual pride is a destructive force within the church. This force is most devastating when it finds it’s way into the heart and actions of the spiritual leaders in a church.”

Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life?

This is probably true: “Christians in North America are generally polite pray-ers. We tend to pray correct, respectful words that we think God wants to hear. But let’s be honest, many of our prayers are tentative, repetitive, and somewhat boring.”

The Instagram Bible

Jen Wilkin: “Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters – those filtered frames festooned with feathered verses, adorned in all manner of loops and tails, bedecked with blossoms, saturated with sunsets, culled and curated just for you.”

Remembering the Reformation Less Like Luther, More Like Calvin

Derek Rishmawy picks up on some of Carl Trueman’s recent comments on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

You Shall Not Belittle

How many of us, asked to explain the purpose of the sixth commandment (“you shall not murder”), would begin by saying, “I am not to belittle my neighbour”?

This Day in 1531. 485 years ago today Zwingli and Luther parted ways at Marburg. Zwingli offered his hand, but Luther rejected it. The two agreed on every issue except the theology of the Lord’s supper. *

An Ancient Toilet

An ancient toilet has turned out to be an interesting discovery…

Forgiven

Ten years ago Terri Roberts’ son shot and killed Amish schoolgirls. This story tells of how she has been befriended by the Amish community.

Flashback: Flawed Heroes and Virtuous Villains

It would be a lot easier if there were only good guys and bad guys, the fully orthodox and the outright heretic, with no overlap, no shades of gray, nothing in between.

I’m so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?

—Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    We Who Are So Ordinary

    A couple of years ago I listened to an interview with a critic of Christianity. He was a person who claimed to love Christ, yet who seemed to have little use for Christ’s church and little good to say about Christ’s people. There was one critique that especially stood out to me

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    A La Carte (March 4)

    A La Carte: Christians should long for giftedness / Talking about race in 2024 / No creed but the Bible / 7 blessings older saints offer the church / Is it okay for Christians to grieve? / Kindle and book deals / and more.

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    What Is the Best Thing In Life?

    Any time we consider the spiritual disciplines, or means of grace, it is crucial that we remember not only the great purpose of these habits but also the great blessing they represent. We were made to know God and to be known by God. We were made in the image of God to have a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (March 2)

    A La Carte: The only way out of our desperate hypocrisy / Are Evangelicals too hard on men? / 9 healthy ways to respond to criticism / Is God disappointed with me? / 4 snapshots of dispensationalism today / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.