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Weekend A La Carte (September 19)

I want to commend to you this episode of the Ministry Network Podcast (whether or not you’re in ministry). It’s about prayer and I found it encouraging, challenging, and endearingly eclectic.

There are a few Kindle deals for your enjoyment today.

(Yesterday on the blog: New Religions for a Godless World)

Three(ish) Views of Contraception

This article at Reformation21 explains the most common Christian perspectives on contraception and arrives at an important principle.

Cuties and Cognitive Dissonance

I think Samuel James is on to something here. “Everywhere I look I see evidence of people whose deepest moral intuitions are negative. They don’t know what they believe, but they definitely know who their enemy is. They don’t have a vision of human flourishing, but they can finger the people who will enslave us all. This is deeper and worse than polarization.”

Good and Evil in the Lord of the Rings

Keith Mathison has been writing some really interesting articles about The Lord of the Rings. In this one he looks at its concepts of good and evil.

C.s. Lewis’s Apologetics: A Reformed Assessment

Meanwhile, writing for Reformed Perspective, Wes Bredenhof offers, well, a reformed perspective on the apologetics of C.S. Lewis.

Looking to What is Unseen

Lauren Washer: “You don’t need me to tell you all the ways life in 2020 has felt uncertain and unstable. Everyday things are changing—in our communities, in the world, even in our own souls. We’re tired from the countless unknowns about tomorrow. We want answers. We want things to return to normal. We want to understand why God would allow all of this to happen, and not bring it to an end. Essentially, we want to see what God has chosen to remain hidden from our sight. He knows what’s happening. He has a plan. And yet for some reason, in the goodness of his sovereignty, he’s left us in the dark.”

Money Motivates Me to Work Hard — Is That Okay?

Someone asked John Piper this question and here’s his response.

Learning Contentment

There are few greater skills to learn, or traits to display, than contentment. “There’s a pervasive restlessness, anger, and frustration in our society that’s palpable. Everywhere we go, we see people who aren’t satisfied or at rest with their present situation. The problem isn’t just ‘out there’ in the unbelieving world. It’s widespread in the church as well. The truth is, most of us reading this article are probably struggling with discontentment. I know I’ve been.”

Flashback: How To Lose Your Zeal for Christ

Are you zealous for Christ? Do you have a genuine zeal to live for him and to advance his cause in the world? Or have you lost the zeal that once marked you?

They that will not be taught by the word shall be judged by the word.

—Thomas Watson

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    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…