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A La Carte (October 31)


Grace and peace to you on this Reformation Day.

There is a very substantial list of Kindle deals today (in honor of Reformation Day).

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped on One Sunday in October)


I appreciate this look at the use and over-use of the word “toxic.” “It’s a word that has invaded Christian speech, but could I suggest a moratorium on this adjective, please?”

Strategies for Preaching to the Polarized

This article provides some pointers on preaching at a time of great polarization, even in churches. There are some good suggestions here.

Free eBook: The Legacy of Luther

Today marks 505 years since Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, effectively sparking the Protestant Reformation. How did an obscure Augustinian monk become the man God would use to set the world ablaze? Today, Ligonier Ministries is offering a free download of the ebook The Legacy of Luther, edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols. Read this volume to explore Luther’s life, teaching, and enduring influence. (Sponsored Link)

Clear your desk!

Meanwhile, I think it would be useful for church leaders to read this article and see whether they see themselves described in it, perhaps especially in the description of “armchair elders.”

Reconciled to the Remainders

“I went into ministry and church planting thinking that every problem I encountered would yield a neat solution. Whether through diligent application of scriptural principles, prayer, divine intervention, my Irish charm, or persevering efforts—there would be no remainders to haunt me…”

Something in the Darkness: A Horror Story

Doug has a short story meant to provoke some meditation.


This article considers the ways we speak about God and whether they are truly anthropomorphic. “Let us never go beyond what is written, but with child-like faith, take God at His Word. When God tells us he is displeased, pleased, angry, reconciled, and so on, He is speaking truth.”

Flashback: When Calvin and Wesley Shake Hands

It’s Reformation Day today, and the occasion got me thinking about some words I had run across earlier this year when reading the works of De Witt Talmage and Theodore Cuyler.

All of God’s mighty men and women have been mighty in prayer.

—Theodore Cuyler

  • The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Bible has life and the Bible brings life because it has been spoken by God. The Bible’s life, its voice, its feet, and hands are the life, voice, feet, and hands of God extended toward his people. For that reason among others it is always worthy of our time, our attention, and our dedication.

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    This week Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the Church Institute is a free online platform from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to provide free and accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify local churches. Courses may be taken as a self-paced individual or as a group within your…

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    A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    God’s design for gender and sexuality is fixed and unchanging. The way he created us is the way he means for us to live. The instruction he provides in the Bible is all we need to understand his purpose and live it out in a way that honors and pleases him. The wisdom he provides…

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