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A La Carte (September 2)

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Good morning. May the Lord bless and keep you today.

There are a few new Kindle deals to look at, and possibly a few more in the morning.

Logos users will want to check out this month’s free and nearly-free books. They might also be interested in this new series edited by D.A. Carson.

(Yesterday on the blog: Moments With My Father (and My Son))

What Does It Mean for the Saints to Judge Angels?

“What makes the passage so surprising is Paul seems to assume his readers are already aware of their role in the final judgment. He twice asks the rhetorical question, ‘Do you not know?’ And yet, if it weren’t for this very passage, how many Christians today would know? What exactly does it mean that we will judge the world and the angels? What else does the Bible have to say about this? And what does this mean for us practically today?”

7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers

Doug Eaton: “Teaching scripture is a spiritual gift, but it is also a skill. This means that not everyone is called to be a teacher; it also means just because someone is gifted does not mean they do not need to improve their skills. Several things come into play that impacts the quality of teaching.”

Kinda Like God Who Sees All We Do

Sylvia Schroeder draws a similarity between an aspect of life and the God who sees all we do.

Preaching Variants

“In the realm of the theological sciences, no subject is as difficult to navigate as that of Old and New Testament textual criticism.” That being the case, Nick Batzig offers some counsel on understanding and preaching them well.

Being The Bad Guy

“At our house, I’ve always been the bad guy,” says Seth Lewis.

Giving in Retirement

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a discussion of this topic before. “In this article, I’ll pose some questions you can answer for yourself to help you make important decisions about giving based on your situation and convictions.”

Flashback: When Unanimity is the Enemy of Unity

I have often wondered if we demand unanimity where unity would be not only sufficient but also superior. I have often wondered if unanimity is the enemy of Christian unity. Allow me to explain.

If thou wouldst thus leave thy heart with God on the Saturday night, thou shouldst find it with Him in the Lord’s Day morning.

—George Swinnock

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