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A La Carte (September 2)

I’ve dug up just 3 new Kindle deals today: Tulip by Duane Edward Spencer, Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges, and Pleasing God by R.C. Sproul. You can always find new deals at the Kindle Deals for Christians page.

I sorted through the monthly Logos deals and found a few noteworthy ones: The excellent Focus on the Bible Commentaries are $110 off; You can save 28% on the David Platt sermon archive; The Oxford History of the Christian Church series is $140 off; you can save 27% on Theologians on the Christian Life volumes.

Can Capitalist Pigs be Pious Christians?

I quite agree: “The world of business has a bad name because most people—including those running businesses—don’t know why they exist.”

Church Libraries as an Antidote to “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind”

This is a really neat article and interview about church libraries.

Crab + Anemone

This is so interesting. This crab changes shells…then carefully moves the anemones that have been clinging to it.

The Sin of Talking Too Much

Paul Tautges outlines some of the dangers that can come from talking too much.

When the President Comes to Town

A photojournalist tells what happens when he receives White House press credentials and is invited to cover a presidential visit.

This Day in 1973. 43 years ago today J.R.R. Tolkien, writer of the famed Lord of the Rings Trilogy, died at the age of 82. *

Pastoral Prayer as Worship

I appreciate what Josh here says about the pastoral prayer–a crucial element of a worship service!

Guam Explained

Guam is one of those interesting nations that doesn’t fit any clear category. This short video explains it.

Flashback: God, You’ve Got the Wrong Guy

I’m not able to lead this family, I’m not able to make decisions on behalf of this church, I’m not able to speak truth into this situation, I’m not able to stand up there and speak. I am quite certain that you have found yourself battling similar fears.

Not all “God-sized” visions are from God. Many are from a god-sized ego, and have no claims on God’s provision.

—J.R. Vassar

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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.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…