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Weekend A La Carte (April 23)

It was a joy to meet so many of you at the Sex, Sin, & Salvation conference here in Pittsburgh. I’m heading back to Toronto this morning and looking forward to leading a quick breakout session at the Thinking? conference later in the day.

It has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals, but I hear there should be some good options next week, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here is some weekend reading for you.

Advice for Better Bible Memory

“Many of us know how valuable it is to memorize God’s word. But we often don’t know where to start. We get discouraged. We burn out quickly and move on to something less taxing. I’ve wrestled with these frustrations for years now. As a performer and worship leader, I’ve had to develop techniques so that I don’t drop the ball when I take the stage. I want to share a few of the methods I use regularly when memorizing God’s Word.”

10 Guidelines for Christian Voters

There’s wisdom in these guidelines for Christian voters.

Silencing God’s Megaphone

“If we are honest, virtually all of us desire to grow our influence and expand our platform, even if we don’t think about it in those terms. It may have a healthy motivation or it may be one consumed with pride. That is a determination that can only be made by God and the individual. But if your goal is to make Christ famous, instead of yourselves, have we ever wondered if achieving personal fame is the best way to go?”

Where Movie Sounds Are Born

Here’s a brief video showing how movie sounds are made.

Reformed “Spotlight”: What is Spiritual Abuse?

David Murray provides a helpful definition of spiritual abuse. “Spiritual abuse is a sinful use of spiritual authority by Christian leaders to promote, protect, or enrich a person or a Christian institution regardless of the spiritual damage done to innocent parties and the cause of Christ.”

This Day in 1982. 34 years ago today, missionary linguist and founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators Cameron Townsend died. *

Praying Together as Mentoring and Discipleship

Sometimes the most effective forms of mentoring and discipleship are the simplest ones.

On Sola Scriptura & Solus Christus

“We have derived a rich heritage from the Reformation—things for which the Reformers were ready to die, and many of them did die. Why is Christ’s death sufficient for the sins of all who trust in him? Why is God’s word greater than any of man’s tradition? In this video, James Montgomery Boice answers these questions and others.”

Does God Talk to Us? A Post by Michael Horton.

I’m grateful to Zondervan for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors play a crucial role in keeping this site going!

Walker

Expect Satan to tempt you most viciously at those moments and periods when you are seeking God most vigorously.

—Jeremy Walker

  • Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    A La Carte (May 22)

    A La Carte: What should we think about paedocommunion? / Ten questions for readers of erotica / You are an influencer / Do you believe your pasture’s green? / Adam poisoned me / Kindle and Logos deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 21)

    A La Carte: A theology of immigration / Christian catholicity in an online age / Violent pornography’s assault on the marriage bed / Heresy that warrants no apology / Franchising church / With each passing moment / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Why Do I Feel Such Profound Loneliness?

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

  • Stop Swiping Start Serving

    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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    A La Carte (May 20)

    A La Carte: What media got wrong about supposed Christian self-immolation / We are walking on holy ground / “His Glory and My Good” / How pop Nietzscheanism masquerades as Christianity / Why a full calendar doesn’t necessarily produce mature church members / Thinking biblically about social justice / John Piper Kindle deals / and…