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A La Carte (September 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include a bunch by Matthias Media! I don’t think I’ve ever seen deals from them before. Many of these books are top-notch: The Trellis and the Vine and The Vine Project by Colin Marshall & Tony Payne; How To Walk Into Church by Tony Payne; The Archer and the Arrow by Philip Jensen & Paul Grimmond. You’ll also find Crossway’s entire Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition Series on sale.

How Can I Know Which Bible Promises Apply to Me?

Stand to Reason: “Because of two recent posts on wrongly applying biblical promises to ourselves (Jeremiah 29:11 and Exodus 14:14), we’ve been receiving questions about how to determine which promises do apply to us.” That’s a great question.

Why Arminianism Won’t Preach (And Calvinism Won’t Sell)

I’m not sure I agree entirely, but these are some interesting observations (and challenges) by Michael Patton. “Thesis: Calvinists have a corner on theologically-themed conferences. Arminians have apologetically-themed conferences.”

Oddly-Named Towns

Here’s a list of particularly oddly-named towns in each of the 50 states. Here are a few from Alabama: Scratch Ankle, Screamer, Shorter, Smut Eye, The Bottle, Warrior.

Why Write a Book About Pot?

This upcoming book from Cruciform Press explores a question that’s sure to become only more relevant over time, in ever more churches.

Should Christians Worry in These Times?

Ligon Duncan writes about an appropriate response to troubling times.

This Day in 1972. 44 years ago today Rose Horton, missionary to Kenya, died. She was largely responsible for translating the Bible in Kambla and had been nicknamed “Happy” by her Kenyan friends. *

Do Some Christians Pray with More Power?

“All true believers are justified equally by the same righteousness of the same Mediator, Jesus Christ. But do all Christians pray with the same power or efficacy?” Mark Jones answers.

The Most Amazing Bowling Story Ever

Yes, it’s about bowling. But it’s well-written and very entertaining. “In a bowling alley one night, Bill Fong came so close to perfection that it nearly killed him.”

It’s No Way To Run a Business

Alan points out that even though it’s no way to run a business, it’s the way the Kingdom of God operates.

Flashback: Do You Have a Personal Relationship with Satan?

However, as much as we emphasize a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we tend to view Satan and his evil forces as an abstraction. We believe that we need to relate personally to the Savior but that we can relate impersonally to the enemy as if Jesus is a person while Satan is merely an idea.

Loss of interest in the word of God is loss of interest in God.

—John Piper

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    This week Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the Church Institute is a free online platform from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to provide free and accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify local churches. Courses may be taken as a self-paced individual or as a group within your…

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    A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    God’s design for gender and sexuality is fixed and unchanging. The way he created us is the way he means for us to live. The instruction he provides in the Bible is all we need to understand his purpose and live it out in a way that honors and pleases him. The wisdom he provides…

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    A La Carte (July 19)

    A La Carte: When you can’t forgive yourself after an abortion / Ancient Corinth, Judge Judy, and litigious Christians / Trusting the giver of good / The renovation of a soul / Life after Doom (by Brian McLaren) / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 18)

    A La Carte: Does Christian sex need rescuing? / 15 resolves for interpersonal conflicts / How senior pastors can help associate pastors / it’s okay to be okay / Don’t be proud of what you had no say in / How sweet! / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Protecting the Family Name

    Protecting the Family Name

    It is a conversation I had with my son-in-law while he was pursuing my daughter and expressing his interest in marrying her. It is a conversation I will need to have with a second son-in-law if the day comes when he expresses his interest in marrying my other daughter. It is a conversation about the…

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    A La Carte (July 17)

    A La Carte: Every place is a place to talk about Jehovah / A precious mystery / How marriage shows the beauty and poetry of the gospel / What should we learn from the immensity of the heavens? / Should we call church a family? / Commentary sale / and more.