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A La Carte (October 9)

monday

Good morning. Grace and peace to you today.

There is quite a good-sized collection of Kindle deals to begin the week.

(Yesterday on the blog: When the Hands Must Loose That Now So Fondly Clasp)

The Transforming Power of Hopeful Love in Marriage

Here’s a good article about love and marriage—or love in marriage, I suppose.

Pastor, Not Entrepreneur

“Emphasis matters. When it came to making disciples and planting churches, Jesus or Paul never emphasized being entrepreneurial. It’s true, they believe hell is real and that making disciples and planting churches is desperately urgent. Yet this never led them to highlight industriousness or creativity for church planters.” This is such an important issue.

A Sexular Stage

Stephen McAlpine: “The stage is now set for a very public divide in evangelicalism around the best pastoral approach to those church participants who are advocates of the Sexular Age, or who find themselves struggling with sexual sins that the wider culture celebrates. And once again it’s been done from a big stage. A very big stage.”

Spiritual Abuse

“If there are two words that should never be put next to each other they are ‘spiritual’ and ‘abuse’. However, the sad reality is that they are words that sometimes need to be used together to describe the sinful behaviour of some Christians towards other Christians particularly involving the misuse of power.” I appreciate this look at spiritual abuse.

Don’t Lose the Languages

If you’ve gone through all the trouble of learning the biblical languages, make sure you don’t lose them! This article is meant to help with some strategies.

Tracing Christianity’s Impact on Slavery through the Centuries

Sharon James considers Christianity’s impact on slavery through the centuries.

Flashback: What To Expect When Battling Sin

Putting sin to death is a long and violent struggle against a deadly enemy that is absolutely devoted to our destruction. In this way we should not expect that putting sin to death will be easy, and we should not expect that sin will go quietly.

The road of sorrow is the road to Heaven but there are wells of refreshing water along the route.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • 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.