But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 19:49

On Being a Kwitter

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During the summer, I left home for a two-week vacation with my family. I knew that in order for this to be a true vacation, I would need to vacate not only my home and my job, but also my social media. Especially Twitter. I returned home two weeks later, but have still not returned to Twitter....

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 19:42

A La Carte (September 23)

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There are some solid Kindle deals today, thanks largely to Crossway and their weekly list.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Shepherd and His Dog)

5 Reasons Not to Give Announcements in Worship Service

Even if you don’t get rid of them altogether, at least make sure you take them seriously and do them...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 20:07

A Shepherd and His Dog

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I’ve mentioned before that Harold Senkbeil’s The Care of Souls has been a particularly meaningful and challenging book for me, and one I’d commend to every pastor or elder. Today I’d like to share a brief excerpt in which he so aptly describes the relationship between a...

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Friday, 20 September 2019 21:06

Weekend A La Carte (September 21)

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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...

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Friday, 20 September 2019 02:01

Free Stuff Fridays (G3 Conference)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by G3 Conference, who also sponsored the blog this week.

The G3 Conference exists for the local church. The purpose is to strengthen and encourage the local church as a whole — including both leaders and members (both men and women). Therefore,...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:45

What Is a Girl Worth?

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Rachael Denhollander’s What Is a Girl Worth? is a hard book to read. But it’s also an important book to read. While it tells of the horrendous crimes perpetrated by just one man, it warns that many similar crimes have been and are being perpetrated by a great many other predators. While...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:41

A La Carte (September 20)

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Overall it has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals. That said, there are a few today that are on the more scholarly end of the spectrum.

Boyce College has a Preview Day coming up; it was one of these that convinced my son (and his parents) that this was the place for him.

5 Pleas for Sung...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 19:36

A La Carte (September 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several good titles that may be worth adding to your growing collection!

Here’s a reminder of Logos’ back to school sale which offers 20% off base packages (which is about the biggest discount I’ve seen them offer). Click here, then use the coupon...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:07

The Ministry of Presence

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Sunday’s coming! Many of the people reading these words already know they’ll be going to church on Sunday—it’s their habit, it’s their pattern, it’s their joy, and nothing short of illness or natural disaster will hold them back. A few of the people reading these...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:01

A La Carte (September 18)

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There isn’t much going on in Kindle deals so far this week.

On the printed book front, Westminster is offering a deal on David Powlison’s final book which comes with some strong endorsements.

Christians in Community: Redeeming the Concept Of Ubuntu

Here’s a fascinating look at the...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 20:41

A La Carte (September 17)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of rather “nichey” books.

Of greater interest may be the knowledge that Ligonier is offering a free digital download of Steve Lawson’s series on the attributes of God.

(Yesterday on the blog: What Not To Say at the Beginning of a...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 02:01

Worship: Our Privilege and Responsibility

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This week the blog is sponsored by the G3 Conference.

What do you think of when you consider the weekly and regular worship of God by the gathered church on the Lord’s Day? Do you think of the singing or the preaching or the praying? What happens when God’s people worship him rightly?

In...

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A few weeks ago Jared Wilson wrote an article titled “3 Things to Be Careful About Saying at the Start of Your Service.” In his article he offered some common service-starting cliches that are “worth weighing in terms of their helpfulness to the congregation’s...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 20:00

A La Carte (September 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books from Crossway which share the theme of sanctification.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Sunday in September)

This Saying is Trustworthy and Deserving of Full Acceptance

I think Anne Kennedy makes a really important point in this article: That...

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:02

How We Worshipped One Sunday in September

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From time to time I like to share one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. In that vein, here is how we worshiped on one September Sunday morning. This week’s cast of characters included Steve as service leader, Paul as preacher, and Josh as lead worshiper. The band was...

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Friday, 13 September 2019 19:00

Weekend A La Carte (September 14)

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There are a couple of new Kindle deals today; both are classics.

(Yesterday on the blog: 10+ New and Notable Books for September)

5 Incredible Revelations From This Week’s Abortion Hearing in California

Jesse Johnson lays out what you’re not hearing in the news (but should be).

Church...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 14:35

10+ New and Notable Books for September

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As I’m sure you know, I like to keep on top of new Christian book releases. Most of them show up in my mailbox at one time or another, and I always try to take the big pile and sort it down to a much smaller pile. What remains are my new and notable books. Here’s a collection for...

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 14:29

A La Carte (September 13)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good assortment of books.

Westminster Books has some solid deals on lots of solid books.

I’d Probably Still Cancel Your Short-Term Mission Trip

No, not all short-term mission trips are bad. But a lot are. Darren Carlson tells about the differences....

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 19:50

A La Carte (September 12)

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There’s a nice little collection of Kindle deals to look at today.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Glory of Children Is Their Fathers)

Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide

Christianity Today covers the sad news of the death of Jarrid Wilson. “Jarrid Wilson, a...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:34

The Glory of Children Is Their Fathers

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a father who is evil, who is notorious for his terrible deeds? You, as the child, would feel the humiliation of it. There would be a residual shame where you, as that man’s child, would be embarrassed to be related to him. You’d be...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:29

A La Carte (September 11)

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You may enjoy “No Other Work,” a new EP of hymns from Redemption Hill Music that’s available for free through the usual channels.

The Poker Table

This is a wonderful piece of writing from Barry York. “The table sat in the back corner of my parents’ large family room,...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 19:24

A La Carte (September 10)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some titles that I don’t think I’ve ever seen on sale before (like Remember Death).

(Yesterday on the blog: What’s the Point? (Alternative Ways to Frame Your Sermon))

The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 02:01

Major in the Bible

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This week the blog is sponsored by Boyce College.

It is common these days to see Christian colleges and universities require fewer Bible and theology courses. But whether a student is called to ministry in the local church or the marketplace, they will encounter more challenges than ever from...

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As a Baptist, I’m plenty accustomed to hearing three-point sermons. As a Baptist preacher, I’m plenty accustomed to preparing and delivering them. But as time goes on and I (hopefully) grow in my ability as a preacher, I find myself trying to avoid the use of the word...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 19:30

A La Carte (September 9)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several solid books from Crossway.

Logos users may want to take a look at this month’s deals. And definitely don’t neglect the free book of the month.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Pastoral Prayer)

Benny Hinn Renounces His Selling of God’s Blessings....

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