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Weekend A La Carte (January 5)


There’s a pretty good list of Kindle deals for you to consider today. It occurs again how spoiled we are to have such cheap access to so many good books!

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(Yesterday on the blog: Three Kinds of Blog (and the Future of Christian Blogging))

From Seminary President to NFL Head Coach

Some things are beyond my imagination. “Imagine Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler taking over the Dallas Cowboys. Or Trinity International University president David Dockery coaching the Chicago Bears. Or Covenant Theological Seminary president Mark Dalbey heading up the Los Angeles Rams. This fall, former Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Charlotte campus president Frank Reich began his first season as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.”

A Pastor, His Dying Wife, and Their Church

Sometimes the most encouraging things are also the saddest things. Jonathan Leeman writers, “My friend Brad is a pastor in England. His wife, Megan, is lying in a hospital bed, unconscious, a few days or even hours from death.”

Church Membership and the Definition of Baptism

Doubling down on the Jonathan Leeman, he’s been having an interesting discussion or debate with Gavin Ortlund about whether Baptist churches should permit Presbyterians into membership. That discussion happens regularly, but in this case I think both guys bring solid arguments.

Surviving Our Humanity

Samuel James makes an observation about a couple of popular films. “Bird Box, just recently released on Netflix, bears an obvious resemblance to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place. The latter is a superior movie in almost every way, but that’s not my point. My point is that Bird Box and A Quiet Place are strikingly similar in how they ask the audience to consider how much less human we’re willing to become in order to survive. Each film is a horror-parable about our own humanity’s being weaponized against us.”

I Have an Hour a Day to Read — How Much Should Be Bible?

This is a surprisingly common question, and John Piper takes it on in Ask Pastor John, which means you can read his answer or listen to it. “That’s a nice specific way to ask it, isn’t it? You’ve got one hour, you’ve got your Bible, and you’ve got some other books — tell me what to do. Wow. This is risky though. It is risky to tell somebody how to apportion their time between the Bible — the very word of God — and other books. I will give a very specific suggestion in just a moment. But first a couple thoughts.”

An Encouragement to Journal

Allen Nelson has an article on journaling that is worth reading. I think journaling is something most of us have tried and failed many times over the years, so perhaps his tips will prove helpful.

Why Pray for the Media?

I guess it’s never occurred to me to pray for the media, but James Faris makes the argument that we should (and shows how God uses those prayers).

Flashback: I’m Better Than You

God calls us to hold all things up to the light of his Word, while we prefer to hold all things up to the light of our own judgments and our own determinations. Ultimately, we all long for conformity to us rather than to Christ.

We may put a penny so close to our eyes as to hide out the sun itself; and we may put our little selves into such a position as to blot out God.

—P.B. Power

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    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…