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Weekend A La Carte (March 22)

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Lost – Al Mohler says you should watch this video. He’s right.

Fred Phelps and the Anti-Gospel of Hate – Speaking of Al Mohler, he has written about the death of Fred Phelps. “The announcement was made on his church’s website. The wording was simple: ‘Fred W. Phelps Sr. has gone the way of all flesh.’ Thus brings to an end one of most bitters lives in modern history — and one of the most harmful to the Gospel.”

Set Adrift – WORLD magazine has a long profile on Douglas Phillips whose ministry exploded in the midst of scandal. The writer goes looking for lessons in the midst of it all.

God’s Not Dead – I was able to watch the new movie God’s Not Dead a few days before it came out and chose not to review it. I agree with just about all the points in this review, and especially this: “There are countless sub-plots, and each takes every available chance to unfortunately stereotype, almost to the point of offensiveness, every people group represented.”

New and Old Calvinism – Rick Phillips has begun a series on the New and Old Calvinism. He will suggest these four points: “Old Calvinism should avoid being overly critical but should rejoice in the New; Old Calvinism should not be threatened by or feel pressure to conform to the New; Old Calvinism should humbly listen to the New, benefiting from its insights and critiques; Old Calvinism should zealously seek to serve rather than to undermine the New.”

God Had a Plan – Rebecca writes about her plans for her day, and God’s plan for her day.


I never knew a man escape failures in either body or mind who worked seven days a week.

—Robert Peel

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    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: 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)

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    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…

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    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.