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A La Carte (September 25)

I post this from Switzerland where I’m conducting some research related to my church history project. Yesterday we toured Geneva; today we drive toward Basel (making a few stops along the way).

Today’s Kindle deals include a few selections from Crossway.

Living With Financial Integrity

“I am thankful for the grace of God that extends to us even when we struggle in areas like this. His grace extends even to our small or big character flaws. As the Lord reveals these areas that need work, let us come to Him with gratitude and ask for help, living as men of integrity both morally and financially.”

We Are what Our Creator Says We Are

Aaron Armstrong: “The short version is that as God’s image bearers, we are mirrors, reflecting God’s attributes to the rest of creation in three distinct but complementary ways…”

To The Bride And Groom

I enjoyed this prayer for a wedding…

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership

Is church membership supported by the Bible? This article shows that (and how) it is.

What if We Applied “For Better or Worse” to Church Commitment?

And, on a somewhat similar note.

Worship Is My Life, Not My Role

“Leading worship starts and ends with the way I live my life, not what I do on a public platform. Encouraging others to glory in Jesus Christ is an activity that extends far beyond the twenty to thirty minutes I give to it on Sunday mornings.”

Flashback: 6 Evil Effects of Sin

Here is John Owen’s list of six evil effects of sin–sin that we identify but refuse to destroy.

Fighting sheep are strange animals, and fighting Christians are self-evident contradictions.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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.