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Weekend A La Carte (April 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a hodgepodge of books, plus Amazon’s monthly list of general market books.

Logos has their free book of the month available for the taking.

Vimeo Voids Christian Content

We have to expect to see a lot more of this in the days and years to come. “Vimeo, a leading online film production and sharing outlet, pulled the entire 850-count video catalog of Pure Passion ministry this month after determining the video content ‘demeaned’ homosexuals.”

Teaching Children Hymns

Jacob explains why he and his wife are teaching their children the great hymns.

How Magellan Circumnavigated the Globe (Video)

Here’s a short account of Magellan’s historic, deadly voyage.

You Cannot Raise Snowflakes in Jesus’ Name

“Today’s parents often go to ludicrous lengths attempting to remove all risk from their children’s lives and protect them from any negative assessment. There are very real consequences in the child’s life when parents raise their children in this self-referential environment. Children are taught that they have a right not to hear anything they do not agree with, and when they do, they should take it personally. This mollycoddling of our children does not prepare them for life.”

The Attraction of Reformed Theology

What is it that people find attractive about Reformed theology? Kyle Borg offers a good answer. “I am persuaded that it is in the theology of the Reformation where the glory of God works itself out most vividly, substantively, and with the greatest consistency.”

Why Japan’s Rail Workers Can’t Stop Pointing at Things (Video)

I’m sure there’s a principal of diligence we can draw from this practice of pointing at things.

An FAQ on The Collected Works of John Piper

Crossway has just published The Collected Works of John Piper, a massive 13-volume set. Justin Taylor has a thorough FAQ on the set, the methodology behind it, and the future additions to it.

Flashback: The Way the World Works

There are a hundred explanations for this desire to protect and preserve life. But the only one that really makes sense, and the only one that is compelling enough to believe, is that God is the creator of life, and that he has given life intrinsic value.To recklessly endanger life is to reject both the giver and his gift.

Confronting the Lies when Suffering Leaves You Lonely

I’m grateful to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week.

It’s not His way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present.

—J.I. Packer

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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…