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Weekend A La Carte (August 7)

May the Lord of peace bless you richly this weekend.

Let me offer another reminder that my forthcoming devotional book Knowing and Enjoying God is now available for pre-order. Thanks for considering it!

Today’s Kindle deals include some newer books and some older books.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Cannot Be Faultless (But May Still Be Blameless))

Netflix’s ‘Pray Away’ Seethes With Contempt for Christianity

“Netflix’s latest original documentary, Pray Away—about the reparative therapy organization Exodus International—is yet another thinly veiled attack on Christianity by Hollywood.” So says Becket Cook writing for TGC.

Thirty-five Questions for Maturing a Christian Marriage

These could be some good and helpful conversation points.

Everything Important

“I invite you, Christ-follower, to quiet your soul. Turn down the volume. Walk away from the chatter; the soul crushing opinions of this world. Find a quiet space, for only you and your Bible.”

He Gave Gifts So That We Will Not Die

“Persecution is coming. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are coming. Suffering, awakening, complexity, breakthrough. How can I wish that you be just like me when I know that our differences are divinely ordained in order that we might face these challenges faithfully? No, if everyone on my team was wired just like me, we would all die prematurely – metaphorically, and perhaps even literally.”

How Politics Has Replaced Religion In America

Bruce Ashford explains how politics has begun to replace religion in America. “America has always been more religiously devout than other Western democracies. But now, like them, it has begun to secularize rapidly. And, as religion has declined, political ideology has intensified, society has fragmented, and cultural common ground has disintegrated. As a result, politics is increasingly divisive and existentially fraught.”

De Periculo Controversiae (On the Danger of Controversy)

Michael Haykin: “These men and a host of other godly men and women of that era knew the dangers of theological controversy, though there were some people who, by their public speech, seemed to live for a theological brouhaha.”

Flashback: The Book Glutton

Practice generosity rather than gluttony by holding to your books with open hands rather than closed hands.

As the fear of the Lord grows, it outgrows, eclipses, consumes, and destroys all rival fears.

—Michael Reeves

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    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

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    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…