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A La Carte (October 4)

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Westminster Books has a great price on the new ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible if you’re interested in adding it to your collection.

Where are you on the Adultery Trail?

Tim Chester: “Adultery is ugly. But before David thought about the act of adultery with Bathsheba in this famous story, there were two other kinds of adultery he had already committed.”

Letter to a Church Member (or a Letter to Myself)

I’d say most of us need to read this. “You want to be honored. You want to be admired. In the simplest of terms, you allow idolatry to thrive inside of you. The Idol of Self. And, you expect your church to bow to this idol, too. But that is not what the church was made to do.”

Who Are the Ministers of the Church?

“For many, the answer to this question seems palpably obvious. The ministers of the church are those blokes we pay and call ministers, aren’t they? They’re the guys we look up to and expect to do ‘the work of ministry’. Interestingly, this isn’t something that scripture recognises.”

25th Anniversary Celebration

Frontline Missions (aka Tim Keesee) is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. They’re doing it with a great song/video and a sale on their best products.

The Equifax Hack

This is an informative account of the recent Equifax hack. It never ceases to amaze me how much of our data is “out there,” to be snatched by hackers.

Tabletalk Magazine

Here’s a roundup of this month’s columns from Tabletalk. Not surprisingly, this issue is all about the Reformation.

God Is with You in Your Panic Attack

“That was a dark season of my life, to be sure. And it was the beginning of a new reality for me. Eventually my ‘heart-attack-insomnia’ bouts were diagnosed as panic attacks, and for the past sixteen years they have dotted the landscape of my life.”

Flashback: The Speaking Circuit

It is a common theme in the Christian world. A man is called to the ministry in the local church and over time proves to be a man who leads or preaches in such a way that a church grows up around him. And then, still in his prime years, he gives up the pulpit to focus on writing and speaking and other interests. He leaves that local church behind and leaves pastoral ministry with it.

How wise should we be if, with joyful certainty, we accepted each unfolding of His will as a proof of His faithfulness and love!

—Susannah Spurgeon

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.