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A La Carte (September 8)


Today’s Kindle deals include a kind of grab bag of deals.

Is Tithing Biblical? (Video)

Tom Schreiner answers in a helpful little video from Southern Seminary.

Are Smart, Educated Women Still Called to the Church Nursery?

“We do well to seek and affirm women’s voices in vast areas of church life. However, … our desire to encourage women’s influence beyond children’s, youth, and women’s ministries can potentially lead women (and men) to inadvertently demean caretaking roles in the church. In other words, the fact that women should never be held to just children’s ministry shouldn’t lead us to belittle the importance of the work, disparage the women who joyously serve there, or minimize our own commitment to youth discipleship.”

A Brief, Biblical Response to the Stoicism of Tim Ferriss

Donald Whitney engages the Stoicism of ultra-popular author Tim Ferriss. “I really appreciate the fact that although Tim lives on the cutting edge of technology and culture, he seeks wisdom from old paths. In the long run, however, I believe Stoicism will greatly disappoint him. I’d love to tell Tim that there is another ancient path that welcomes those who, like Tim, search for truth. It’s footing is much more sure, and it leads to a destination infinitely more glorious than that of Stoicism.”

Ligonier’s Tabletalk Magazine

Explore Tabletalk magazine’s new online home for fresh articles, daily Bible studies, and columns from R.C. Sproul and many other trusted pastors and Bible teachers. (Sponsored link)

The Nashville Statement’s Imperfect Clarity

Samuel James interacts with some of the praise and criticism of The Nashville Statement. If you’re interested in assessments of its strengths and weaknesses, this is a good place to begin.

Hope for the Perfectionist

“Perfectionism paints a pretty, promising picture for us of the picture perfect life. It tells us if we hold to the standard of perfection, then our lives will be perfect. Our hearts will be at rest and our minds will be at peace. In reality, perfectionism leaves us exhausted, frustrated, anxious, and hopeless.”

New Music

Here are a few new albums you may enjoy: In Part EP by Citizens; A Home and a Hunger by Caroline Cobb; QuietHymns by Matthew Smith.

Did God Bless the Egyptian Midwives for Lying?

In this episode of the Word Matters Podcast, Brandon and Trevin answer a question raised in Exodus 1, “Did God bless the Hebrew midwives for deceiving Pharaoh?”

Flashback: On Nude Celebrities, Virtual Voyeurs, and Willing Victims

As Christians we are called by Jesus to love our neighbors as ourselves—we are to have compassion on them for their sin and folly. Whatever else we see in this sad story, let’s see this: As Christians, we must refuse to participate in further victimizing those who are victims of sin.

A little sin, without a great of mercy, will damn a man.

—Thomas Brooks

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

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    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.