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Weekend A La Carte (October 22)

I want to express my appreciation to Reformed Free Publishing Association for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their lovely new book I Belong: Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer 1 for Children.

Our friends at are having a Bible Sale. It includes ESV Study Bible, The Biggest Story Bible Storybook, ESV Story of Redemption Bible, ESV Prayer Bible, and many more that are discounted up to 80%. If you prefer the CSB, NIV, etc, they’ve also got you covered.

(Yesterday on the blog: Embracing Complementarianism)

The 4 Kinds of Books You (Almost) Never Need to Read

Samuel James: “Nobody wants to read foolishly. There are, however, things you can remember to avoid doing it. Here’s a quick list of four kinds of books that you almost never need to read. As always, remember that these are reliable generalizations, not absolute rules; you may find the rare example of a book in one of these genres that’s actually good.”

Can I trust the CSB, MEV, or NLT? (Video)

Mark Ward’s brief video on these translations is a good one.

Miracle or Providence?

Like Jesse, I sometimes find people inadvertently cheapen providence by speaking too freely of miracles.

5 Effects of Expository Preaching on a Church

Anand Samuel: “To publicly herald God’s Word is an act of worship (2 Tim. 2:15), and a stewardship for which we’ll give an account. Here are five ways expository preaching beautifies Christ’s bride.”


“Last night my stomach tightened as I pulled Johnny’s red jacket out of the dryer. This is the jacket I described to the police officer. Will I ever be able to look at it the same way again?”

How is God’s sovereignty compatible with man’s responsibility in salvation? (Video)

It takes several of the Ligonier fellows to answer this one.

Flashback: God Gave Me Three Children (and Three Friends)

It is a thrill and a joy to be both a father and a friend, to relate to them as both children and trusted companions. It is a blessing to be loved not just because they have to, but because they want to.

No eye is quicker to see the mercy of God than the eye washed with the tears of repentance.

—Charles Spurgeon

  • 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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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    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…

  • Moral Vision

    From Washington & Jefferson to Trump & Biden

    The United States has produced more than its fair share of fascinating figures. Over the course of its storied history, it has produced a host of figures who have shaped the nation, the continent, and the world. Many of these have been its presidents and politicians, though others have been its inventors, its business leaders,…