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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

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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.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.