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Weekend A La Carte (December 5)

My thanks goes to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week. It is corporate sponsors and personal patrons who make this site possible and I’m thankful for each one.

Today’s Kindle deals include a collection of newer and older books.

(Yesterday on the blog: I Fear God, and I’m Afraid of God)

The Gentle Tug of Spiritual Disciplines

“I sometimes wish that my spiritual disciplines pestered me the way that Toby [the dog] does. Those wonderful disciplines like Bible reading, journaling, prayer, and solitude are beneficial, powerful, and essential for the Christian life. However, if I ignore my Bible, it doesn’t lay itself in my lap. If I neglect my prayers, they do not jump up and down to get my attention. If I stash my journal in the bedside table, it doesn’t whine until I let it out.”

A Simple Strategy for Meditating on God’s Word

Just like the title says, this is a simple strategy for meditating on God’s Word.

This Pandemic Can Help Us to Identify With the World’s Poor

What is new and annoying to us is quite familiar to many people around the world. “Experts will probably be asking it for years: Why are some developing countries seemingly less impacted from COVID-19 than more developed countries? Is it because they just are testing less? Have a younger population, get more sunlight, have more built up immunity? I’m certain some of those factors are true, but I also wonder if a central reason is because the effects of this pandemic haven’t changed much about regular life for the poor in developing countries. What feels shocking and abnormal to us is simply the way they have always lived. “

Perverse Freedom

“Pro-abortion rhetoric is familiar, but in recent years, the movement has taken an ominous turn.” It sure has…

Prisoners Are Greatly Affected by the Effects of the Pandemic; Pray for God’s Work in Their Lives

Randy Alcorn provides an important reminder that prisoners have been affected by the pandemic in unique and uniquely difficult ways.

What Is … Truth?

“While I have spent many hours as a Jeopardy! fan, after his death I wondered what Alex Trebek believed. Was this man who loved knowledge a Christian? What I have seen in print, if accurate, doesn’t give evidence he had an understanding of the truth found in the Bible about God, man, salvation, and eternity.”

In Praise of Slow Reading

Samuel James: “Slow reading isn’t fun in December, when your small pile of books looks even smaller compared to others. But there are some benefits to slow reading I’ve discovered.”

Flashback: Do Not Admit a Charge Against an Elder, Except…

Until those accusations come from multiple witnesses, we must refuse to hear them and move boldly to affirm these men in their positions.

Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul.

—Thomas Brooks

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.