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A La Carte (September 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include just 3: All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon, A History of Israel by Walter Kaiser, Learn to Read New Testament Greek by David Croteau.

Westminster Books has ESVs on sale this week, with the compact versions taking the leading role.

Distinguishing Among the Three Persons of the Trinity within the Reformed Tradition

Kevin DeYoung offers his take on the recent controversy about the Trinity. “Twitter demands to ‘say something!’ mean little to me. Honest theological questions from my church family mean a lot.”

You Are What You Sing

Marcos Ortega asks, “If the content of the songs we sing in worship matters, shouldn’t we expect more from the songwriters serving the church?” (Speaking of music, wouldn’t you love to be there to witness this worship in Malawi?)

The History of Bible Software (Infographic)

Here’s a neat little graphic tracing the history of Bible software.

The State of Theology

“What do Americans believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible? Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research partnered to find out. These are the fundamental convictions that shape our society.” Great information beautifully presented.

Portraits of Superstition

Jess Pickowicz is writing an interesting series on superstitions we may just import into our lives and even into our faith.

The Soldier Who Wouldn’t Surrender

Here’s the abbreviated story of a Japanese soldier who kept fighting the Second World War until 1974.

This Day in 1833. 183 years ago today Lemuel Haynes, the first African-American to pastor a Caucasian church and to be awarded an advanced degree, died. *

The Church Needs the Bible

“Note the words: equipping, building up, mature, maturity, unity, grow, and so on. The means by which the church does this is the Bible. If the church is not working together to see people grow in Christ, then they are leaving off a fundamental aspect of what it means to be a church. In other words, without the ministry of the Word the church is not being a church.”

How God Used a Hailstorm (in September)

You’ll be encouraged by reading this one!

Flashback: How an Affair Really Begins

One of the great misconceptions about affairs is that they begin with sex. Affairs do not begin with sex. Falling into bed with a man who is not your husband or a woman who is not your wife is never a sudden, unplanned event.

God’s wrath is the hope of his children and the despair of his enemies.

—David Powlison

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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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.