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A La Carte (October 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include: Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson (an excellent book!), Praying Backwards by Bryan Chapell (another great one), Tried by Fire by William Bennett, and more. New from GLH Publishing is The Mission of Sorrow by Gardiner Springs.

Westminster Books has a deal on that new ESV Reader’s Bible six-volume set. They are also giving away a few sets (scroll down).

Why I Love Being a Pastor

John MacArthur explains why he loves doing what he does.

Faults To Avoid in Public Prayer

Samuel Miller was the second professor at the Theological Seminary of the Presbyterian Church in Princeton and in one of his old work he set out 18 faults to avoid when praying in public.

Tabletalk Magazine

Every month Tabletalk magazine puts a number of their articles online. Here’s the selection for October.

The Goal of Spiritual Maturity

“What about spiritual goals? Have you set goals regarding spiritual maturity? Have you thought about ways to accurately chart your progress? Have you considered the fact that your pastors have set goals for your spiritual life?”

This Day in 1744. 272 years ago today David Brainerd, 26, began three years of missionary labour among the Indians in New Jersey. He died 3 years later of tuberculosis in the home of Jonathan Edwards. *

What Are Church Indulgences?

Ryan Reeves explains in this short video.

Rural Churches Matter

Lots of attention is given to churches in cities, but this article shows why rural churches matter too.

Does Porn Use Disqualify a Pastor?

John Piper gives his take on whether or not porn use disqualifies a pastor from ministry.

Flashback: The Ten Commandments For Using Modern Media

Short, to the point, and geared to the family: commandments for modern media.

Worry, like a rocking chair, will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.

—Vance Havner

  • 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.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…