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A La Carte (October 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include a whole selection of books from Zondervan.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Crisis

“The centers’ chief resource is the empathy and commitment of peer counselors, most of whom are volunteers. Their generosity and compassion in answering hotlines, providing unscheduled consultations, and giving ongoing help to clients is the key to the centers’ success. Any center can offer compelling stories of assistance rendered to clients—couples living in cars who were helped to rent apartments, single mothers who were given respite childcare, high school dropouts who were helped to find jobs and to obtain degrees.”

Marty and Frank (Video)

In this satirical video, Martin Luther and Pope Francis discuss justification and tuberculosis.

Are You “Struggling” With Sin?

“If you use the language of ‘struggling,’ you should actually be struggling. That should mean that you are seeking the way of the Spirit to escape from your sin (1 Cor. 10:13), that you are removing every possible obstacle to your overcoming this pattern (Matt. 18:9), and that you are relying on others in the Body of Christ to hold you accountable and to shepherd you out of it (Gal. 6:1-4).”

Does the Bible Have Errors or Contradictions? (Video)

“Does the Bible have errors or contradictions?” Dr. Robert Plummer answers in Honest Answers.

Ten Lasting Fruits of the Reformation

Joel Beeke: “How did the Reformation change the church and the world? Here are ten lasting fruits in which the Reformation made a significant difference.”

Why I Still Don’t Much Care for Karl Barth

“A recent and significant article about Karl Barth’s personal life is making some waves.” Some new research has turned up some shocking information.

The Hole in the World

Rebecca writes about the holes that we all experience in this life.

Flashback: Those Exquisite Forms of Love That Do Not Speak Your Language

When I demand that people speak my preferred love language, when it becomes the one way I receive love, I unnecessarily narrow my experience of love. I miss out on all of those “exquisite forms of love that do not speak my language.”

Sanctification will be marked by penitence more than perfection.

—Kevin DeYoung

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.