Weekend A La Carte (October 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include a kind of random selection, but one that includes some good books.

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Why the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Guidance Matters

ERLC explains: “It has been a great week for religious freedom – the protection for the conscience rights of every American of every faith and the free exercise thereof.”

Did the Fundamentalists Really Retreat from Culture?

This little quote counters the notion that the Fundamentalists retreated from culture.

Work Songs

Looking for some new music? This new album from The Porter’s Gate may be of interest. Be sure to check out “Your Labor Is not in Vain.”

Should Intersex Infants Be Subject to “Corrective” Surgeries?

Denny Burk looks at a perplexing question. “The Washington Post has published a long-form piece featuring a number of heart-rending stories about intersex persons. For those unfamiliar with intersex, it is term used to describe a variety of conditions which involve some physical disorder of sex development.”

9Marks Mailbag

In a new edition of the 9Marks mailbag, they answer a couple of important questions. “How should parents treat their 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?”

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques

It’s all a matter of where we have our confidence. “If a church is to be revitalized, it will only happen through the Word of God alone. The more revitalizing leaders trust the Word of God alone, the more powerful their efforts will be”

A Rural Pastor’s Warning About Megachurches

“I am the pastor of a small to medium-sized rural church. Nothing about us is mega. We aren’t cutting edge. We still do Sunday School, have a meet-and-greet, and have kids come down front during the Sunday morning service for a children’s sermon. I’m sure that there are things that we do that would make church growth experts cringe. But we are still a part of the body of Christ.”

Flashback: Daddy, How Do I Look?

I’m her daddy and it’s my joy to love her fiercely, to love her gently, to love her without any contradiction between the two. In that moment I do.

Is the Reformation Worth Celebrating?

My thanks goes to Christian History Institute for sponsoring the blog this week.

All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them. —E.M. Bounds