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A La Carte (September 5)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

(If you weren’t checking in over the weekend, be sure to check out the various audiobook, Kindle, and Logos deals I shared on Saturday and Monday.)

If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Must I Continue to Repent?

Stephen Wellum tackles a very common question. “When we confess sin, we are not experiencing a new justification but a renewed application of our justification.”

Fifty-One Inches

The Houston Chronicle has a long and interesting article about five people surviving Hurricane Harvey.

What It Took To Keep Running

On a similar note, here’s the inside story of what it took to keep a grocery chain running through Harvey. (Note: There’s a swear word or two in there.)

The Reformation and the Men Behind It

Ligonier Ministries: “As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches, we will be presenting a series of blog posts, excerpted from Pillars of Grace by Dr. Steven J. Lawson, about some of the major Reformers—Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale, Heinrich Bullinger, and John Calvin. Today, Dr. Lawson offers some background on the Reformation and the Reformers.”

Jorge’s Heresy

“People might not think they know Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina. As a matter of fact, when asked, most will probably say they’ve never heard of the man.”

Christianity and The Summer of Love

“They came to San Francisco seeking something more — something significant, something transcendent. By the summer of 1967, a half-century ago this year, nearly 100,000 hippies and counterculture kids had gathered in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to drop acid, indulge in free love, and escape the confining strictures of their middle-class upbringings. They wanted to join the revolution.”

Andrew Wilson: “A Reading of Romans” (Video)

Here’s Andrew Wilson “performing” the book of Romans.

When Should a Church Address a Current Event?

Trevin Wax offers some principles about when it’s wise to address a current event in a church service.

Flashback: Let Jesus Feel the Shame

The guilt of my sin, the shame of it, cannot withstand just that one glance at the cross, for there I see the death of Christ and with it, the death of sin, guilt and shame.

Like it or not, each of us is personally at war with the Devil, for the Devil has personally declared war upon each of us.

—J.I. Packer

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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