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Weekend A La Carte (October 10)

If you’re looking for some good new music, be sure to check out Sandra McCracken’s new album Patient Kingdom and Citizens’ new album The Joy of Being.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few classics.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why Social Justice Is Not Biblical Justice)

Your Church Is Not a Stepping Stone

I think this is very important. “Some pastors view churches as stepping stones to move up and up until they finally ‘arrive.’ I know one pastor who won’t even consider a call to another church unless it doubles his current church in every metric, from membership to budget.”

If You Don’t See Beauty, Do You Really Know God As Well As You Thought?

“Why did God make so much color, so many beautiful patterns? So much of the creation account seems like life for the sake of God’s joy overflowing in creativity. I heard someone this week actually say, a duck is like God saying, ‘I’m going to make a water chicken with a kazoo for a mouth.’ That doesn’t seem too far from the mark when you think about it. The beauty and creativity of this world came straight from the heart of God.”

Damnable Heretic? Luther: In Real-Time Is Here.

Three years after Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door, the pope’s envoy is knocking on Luther’s door. Travel back in time to 1520 in the first episode of Luther: In Real Time, a new podcast from Ligonier Ministries. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, TuneIn, or RSS. (Sponsored Link)

The DC Mayor Doesn’t Get to Define Church for Us

Here’s Jonathan Leeman writing for Christianity Today: “Ms. Mayor, I don’t want your theology. My discipleship to Christ needs my fellow saints, and they need me. We’re one body. Gathering doesn’t make us the church, but it does make us a church.”

MAF Delivers 2,500 Bibles To Remote Tribe That Once Murdered Missionaries

Here is some good news! “Because God in His far-reaching love, worked through a killing, a plane crash, faithful missionaries, translators and organisations like MAF, these Yali tribes no longer walk the path of darkness. Their path is lit by the Word of God…”

Is My Suffering a Correction for Sin?

John Piper answers this question which I think we’ve all asked at one time or another.

Three Leadership Lessons for All of Us

Brianna Lambert offers some leadership lessons for everyone. “For the everyday person, advice on leadership may feel reserved for pastors, bosses, and elders alone. Yet the word “lead” can have a much broader definition. Surely we can lead within formal organizations and offices, but we also lead by simply guiding. The church is full of such leaders.”

Flashback: To the Young Man Who Has Been Asked To Preach for the First Time

You asked for some quick pointers in preparing your first sermon. Here are a few that come to mind.

Radically ordinary hospitality characterizes those who don’t fuss over different worldviews represented at the dinner table. The truly hospitable aren’t embarrassed to keep friendships with people who are different.

—Rosaria Butterfield

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.