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A La Carte (October 31)

There is a massive list of Kindle deals for today. Crossway has commentaries on sale, Zondervan has a long list of Reformation Days deals on some excellent theological works, Matthias Media has a list, and so on. You’ll want to check it out.

Not Bigots in Airbnb

Rod Dreher comments on Airbnb’s Community Commitment which is meant to fight bias and discrimination.

Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine

Randy Alcorn: “What difference is Heaven supposed to make in our lives now? Why do you think many Christians don’t look forward to Heaven anymore? What are some of the biggest misconceptions about Heaven?”

Thankful for a Successful Tone Workshop!

A really enjoyed reading this update from missionaries in Cameroon.

Grieve to the Glory of God

Kelly Needham: “The crib in our room mocks me. Since we put it together several months ago we have only faced delays in our efforts to bring home an adopted son.”

Unashamed to Sing

“Sunday morning is a tiny foretaste of the exhilaration we will feel singing together around the throne.”

This Day in 1517. 499 years ago today Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the castle church in Witteberg, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Happy Reformation Day!

What Is Reformation Day?

Stephen Nichols explains.

The Bizarre Role Reversal of Apple and Microsoft

Steven Levy comments on last week’s big new product reveals by Microsoft and Apple and shows that there’s been something of a role reversal.

Flashback: Be a Zealous Christian!

Zeal must come with the wisdom from above which is pure, humble, and compassionate, or it will end in bitterness, disorder, and sin (James 3:13–18). Zeal is only as good as the doctrine and godliness which inspires it.

Soft heart, thick skin. Don’t have it in reverse.

—Bryan Loritts

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.