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Weekend A La Carte (November 2)

Today’s Kindle deals include another long list of interesting titles. November has gotten off to quite the start!

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books for November)

Romans 7 and a Post-Conversion Perspective

I guess this debate won’t end until Christ’s return, but for now I tend to lean toward this perspective. “I do not want to enter into the intricacies of the debate in this post. Rather, I only want to offer my defense of a post-conversion reading. That is, I believe Paul is describing his Christian experience in Romans 7:14-25. Here’s why…”

The Great Commission Is Guaranteed, So Let’s Get to Work

“Before giving his disciples the Great Commission, Jesus made a promise to build his church. He guaranteed that not even the gates of hell can stop its advance (Matt. 16:18). As a church planter, I continually come back to this great guarantee. Church planting is difficult and costly. It often feels like we’re in a battle with the forces of hell itself. But knowing that Jesus’ plan to redeem the world is accomplished through the planting of more local churches gives me great comfort and confidence. It’s a reality that keeps me pressing ahead, especially in the difficult days.”

State of Health Report Shows Growing Despair Among American Men

The statistics seem to point to the reality that there is a growing sense of despair among American men. That seems like a challenge worthy of the church!

What Happens to Your Brain on Jet Lag

Jet lag is a familiar foe to me!

Christian Booksellers’ Defiant New Chapter

These are difficult days for Christian bookstores. But many are not yet ready to give up! “In the last two decades, more than 5,200 evangelical bookstores have gone out of business. Trost knows how easily one hard year—a tough Christmas season, an economic downturn, a personal health issue—can be the last.”

Simple Encouragement

Here’s a helpful word for preachers as they prepare sermons week by week. “Preacher, do you encourage? It is strange to take note of how encouragement is missing in a lot of preaching these days.”

No Matter How Painful the Situation, Ending a Disabled Child’s Life Through Abortion Is Never Right

“This issue is especially personal for me because it was three years ago last month that my son, Isaiah, was born silently. Two months before that, at our 20-week ultrasound scan, we found out he had multiple serious abnormalities, resulting in the prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 18. What followed were some of the most difficult weeks of my life. Even now the memory of that time takes my breath away.”

Flashback: No Better (or Worse) Time To Be Disabled

Though there has never been a better time to be born with a disability, there has never been a worse time to be pre-born with a disability. This is one of our society’s most glaring contradictions, her most damnable sins.

We should be rigorous in judging ourselves and gracious in judging others.

—John Wesley

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