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A La Carte (October 31)

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There really isn’t much to report today for Kindle deals. However, do look at this special from Westminster Books and then check my review which will be posted today as well.

I mentioned yesterday that Logos 8 has just released; this article outlines all your options for getting it.

(Yesterday on the blog: What’s Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?)

The Pastor and Pornography

The new issue of the 9Marks Journal has just released and it’s an important one. It deals with pornography and has a long selection of articles and reviews.

Is Pornography Use Ever Grounds for Divorce?

Speaking of the 9Marks Journal, it takes on a question I’ve been asked so many times: Is pornography ever grounds for divorce. Here Tom Schreiner proposes an answer.

Pastor, Expose Your Soul like Paul

“When Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus, there’s reason to think he was exposing his soul to coworkers who needed to (re)open theirs to Paul, and even more to God. Having spent a few years pondering these letters, I’d like to point to a couple of passages that telegraph a depth of emotional connection that may elude readers either unfamiliar with Paul’s Pastoral Epistles, or so overfamiliar that they’ve come to seem staid and commonplace.”

In honor of Reformation Day, Ligonier Ministries is offering the award-winning documentary Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer on DVD for a donation of any amount in support of their gospel outreach. Please share this offer with your friends and family and introduce them to Martin Luther.

You won’t want to watch this one with kids around. It does a good job, though, of outlining why legalizing prostitution doesn’t solve the problems. “Legal prostitution makes women in the sex industry more vulnerable to harm and fuels sex trafficking. Sadly, there are many who think that legalizing prostitution would somehow make it safer for the women being sold. This couldn’t be further from the truth.”

The Most Common Trait in Great Men

I enjoyed this brief reflection. “Who knows what God is preparing you for. Sometimes, like Truman, all the self-sacrifice seems to lead nowhere. It’s all pain and no gain. But God may be preparing you for a great task many years down the road. In the meantime, keep building that muscle of self-discipline, which, of course is made even stronger by Spirit-discipline.”

The Fascinating History of Cemeteries (Video)

“Spindly trees, rusted gates, crumbling stone, a solitary mourner: these things come to mind when we think of cemeteries. But not long ago, many burial grounds were lively places, with gardens and crowds of people — and for much of human history, we didn’t bury our dead at all. How did cemeteries become what they are today?”

Why Churches Should Pursue Diverse Leadership (Video)

I think there’s lots of wisdom on display in this quick video, but I was especially drawn to Kevin DeYoung’s comments at the end.

Flashback: The Cracks Begin at the Bottom

You have the ability to promote and maintain unity in your church. And your task as a member of a church is not only to avoid disunity, but to actively pursue unity.

The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh.

—Jonathan Edwards

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.