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Weekend A La Carte (January 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include several solid picks. You’ll want to give them a look, I think.

On Board with Waterboarding?

Richard Phillips: “Most alarming to me has been the support of waterboarding and other forms of torture among evangelical Christians. To my surprise and indignation, instead of applying the obvious implications of the Sixth Commandment, Christian leaders have lined up in support of waterboarding.”

Caught in a Dragnet

Mandy Belz reports on the precarious situation for Christians in Turkey.

The Gimli Glider

I’ve always loved the story of the Gimli Glider (though I’m glad I wasn’t aboard). Note that there’s one swear word worked into the story.

Justification by Attendance

This is bang-on: “As kids, I bet most of us reading this post probably hated math—all the subtracting, borrowing, and dividing. These are all words that make pastors nervous. No wonder teachers called them ‘problems.’ But as we aged and began ministry, something miraculous happened and we suddenly fell in love with numbers.”

Churches on Super Bowl Sunday

A surprising number of churches are going to modify their day somehow to adjust for Super Bowl Sunday.

This Day in 1499. 518 years ago today Katherine von Bora, a German nun who married Martin Luther, was born. She was 26 and Luther 41 the day they were married. *

Marital Love Must Be Superlative

Here is wisdom on marriage from the Puritans.

Can Loved Ones in Heaven Look Down on Me?

John Piper answers this one.

Flashback: How To Offend a Room Full of Calvinists

It’s not actually all that hard…

Study the Gospels with Eyes on the Gospel

I’m grateful to The Gospel Project for sponsoring the blog this week.

I grant you that true repentance is never too late, but I warn you at the same time, late repentance is seldom true.

—J.C. Ryle

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    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.

  • 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…