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Weekend A La Carte (September 21)


You’ll find an eclectic little collection of Kindle deals to poke through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: What Is a Girl Worth?)

Why Chris Tomlin Still Dominates Both Radio and Sunday Morning

Here’s why Chris Tomlin is compared to Charles Wesley. What I wonder is how many of Tomlin’s songs will have the lasting power of Wesley’s. Will the church be singing any of them in 200 years? Only time will tell…

The Worship Song I Can’t Bring Myself to Sing

Trevin Wax explains why he can’t bring himself to sing a certain song.

Pedro Martinez Pitched the Greatest Season Ever. Then He Did It Again. (Video)

Baseball fans will enjoy this lengthy video of one of the best pitchers ever during his two strongest seasons.

For Wife and Child

This is a well-composed and purposeful poem.

Marriage as a Ministry

“I was surprised when he turned to me and said, simply, ‘I never feel more called to ministry than when we’re sitting in our living room with someone on our couch like that.’ Here is a man who stands behind a pulpit and preaches God’s word every Sunday, who leads prayer meetings and ministers in hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral homes. A man who sits across from people who need financial help almost every day, who listens and counsels and carries people’s secrets around with him like Jacob Marley’s ponderous chains. This is a man whose entire life is given for Christ and for serving others. Yet, in this moment he revealed something precious to me: he feels most secure in his calling when we are serving together.”

The $250,000 Unlimited Flight Pass: A Terrible Mistake (Video)

American Airlines once made a big and costly mistake.

Netflix Is Making It Harder to Be a Missionary

What a fascinating article on missions in a modern age. “High-speed internet, airplanes, and cellphones have given those of us who have left our lives and loved ones behind an unprecedented ability to stay connected to that world. But these technological advances have also inhibited missionaries’ ability to be present and engaged in the work they believe God has called them to.”

Flashback: What’s the Purpose of … Children?

“What’s the purpose of having children at all?” In today’s world, which too often exalts self and writes off children as an inconvenience, this is a question we must ask and answer.

The dragon lost his sting when he dashed it into the soul of Jesus.

—Charles Spurgeon

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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.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…