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A La Carte (October 31)


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

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.