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Weekend A La Carte (April 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include several interesting books. My pick of the day is Todd Friel’s Reset for Parents.

The Intrusive Neighbor

Joe Thorn: “God’s command for us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to seek their good, is a call for us to be intrusive. It’s counter intuitive to many of us who have come to believe in the value of keeping our distance, but God wants us to have them in our homes, and he wants us to be in their business.”

6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin

This is a worthy topic to consider on the day between Good Friday and Easter.

The Crisis of Attention Theft

This article may over-state the case a little, but the big point is, indeed, a concern.

Jesus, the Last Adam

“The first Adam yielded to temptation in a garden. The Last Adam beat temptation in a garden. The first man, Adam, sought to become like God. The Last Adam was God who became a man. The first Adam was naked and received clothes. The Last Adam had clothes but was stripped. The first Adam tasted death from a tree. The Last Adam tasted death on a tree. The first Adam hid from the face of God, while the Last Adam begged God not to hide His face.” And we’re just getting started.

How Single Women Became an Unstoppable Force in Bible Translation

This is really neat: Christianity Today explains how “female missionaries have propelled the movement to bring Scripture to every tribe and tongue.”

The Most Important People in Your Church Are Not on Twitter

“Most of what God is doing in the world does not happen on Twitter and happens through people who don’t have a byline and who don’t receive royalty checks.”

Ant Medics

Go to the ant! “For ants, war is full of tiny dangers. A six-legged soldier might face snapping termite jaws, lost limbs, and lurking spiders. Luckily, they have some help: other ants, who, scientists say, will take time after a battle to carry their injured comrades back to the nest.”

How Facebook Decides Who Sees Your Updates

I found this quite interesting. One big and obvious takeaway is that you should like and share content if you want other people like you to see it.

Flashback: 7 Books I Would Definitely Read

Here are 7 books I would definitely read and recommend.

3 Things I Learned Filming “Is Genesis History?”

I’m grateful to “Is Genesis History?” for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors play a key role in keeping the blog up and running.

We can stop pleading with God to show us the future, and start living and obeying like we are confident that He holds the future.

—Kevin DeYoung

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.