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

Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:22

I Still Do

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A wise friend once told me, “No one should write a book about marriage until they’ve been married for twenty years.” Then he reached his twentieth anniversary and amended his rule: “No one should write a book about marriage until they’ve been married for thirty...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:13

A La Carte (January 24)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a number of books for adults and one for kids. Of note, Basically the whole Word Biblical Commentary series is on sale today. According to my Best Commentaries collection, there are some especially good volumes in that series that would all rank top-5 for that...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 18:58

A La Carte (January 23)

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There is a little bit of everything in today’s list of Kindle deals.

Do remember as we come toward the end of the month to grab your freebies from Logos.

(Yesterday on the blog: Training a New Generation of African Pastors and Church Leaders)

The Problem of Having no Defined Membership

Stephen...

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Central African Baptist College & Seminary in Kitwe, Zambia, is deeply involved in training up a new generation of African pastors and church leaders. My recent travels through Africa took me to the school and allowed me to see how it is impacting Zambia and many other countries in central...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:01

A La Carte (January 22)

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There is once again a substantial collection of Kindle deals for you to consider.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on Dave Harvey’s new book I Still Do. I’ll have a review of it on Friday, and will be recommending it then.

Yesterday on the blog: Looking for Something Good To Read? (10...

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I spend a lot of time reading. And, for as long as my messed up hands keep me from being able to type as much as I’d like, I’ll be spending even more time reading than usual. Here, in case you’re looking for something good to read, are some of the books I’ve gone through in...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 19:01

A La Carte (January 21)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a lot of Wiersbe, with a few other authors represented as well.

(Yesterday on the blog: Worshiping a Not-So-Holy God)

Let Not Food Destroy the Body

Stacey Reaoch brings up some good and important points in this article on food. Like this: “Food preferences are...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 01:01

Southern Seminary: A Legacy of Truth

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This week the blog is sponsored by Southern Seminary and was written by R. Albert Mohler Jr, who invites you to download your free copy of Truths You Can Trust.

Not too long ago, I was able to visit with two of the leading authorities on theological education in the world. Neither of these...

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 19:06

Worshiping a Not-So-Holy God

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Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the annual (bi-annual as of 2021) G3 Conference in Atlanta. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the event and, as always, my favorite part was meeting so many of you. On the opening day of the conference I participated in a Q&A session that included John...

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 18:55

A La Carte (January 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a diverse collection of books.

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

10 Ways Porn Culture Will Target Your Kids in 2020

You’ve just got to be aware of all that ways porn culture targets your kids. “So let’s get to know the...

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Saturday, 18 January 2020 19:07

How We Worshipped One Sunday in January

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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 January Sunday morning. This week’s cast of characters included Steve as service leader, Paul as preacher, and Allie as music leader. Dwight read the...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 19:35

Weekend A La Carte (January 18)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some newer books and some older ones; there are some good picks!

Westminster Books has a sale on R.C. Sproul’s excellent commentary on the Westminster Confession (which has been newly reprinted). You may also be interested in the ESV Creeds & Confessions...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 01:01

Free Stuff Fridays (Crossway)

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This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Crossway, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away a brand new book that I think will be of a lot of interest to you: Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests by Edward T. Welch. There will be five winners...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:02

The Gospel According to Satan

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Satan is many things. But one fact the Bible makes perfectly clear is that he is a liar. Already by the third chapter of the Bible he has been deceitful (taking a physical form that is not his), he has been deceptive (getting people to question whether God is as good as they had thought), and he...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 19:00

A La Carte (January 17)

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It is an okay day for Kindle deals with quite a few available options, several of them Puritan classics.

Keeping Primary Attention on Life’s Main Focuses

Vance Christie tells a story to bring out a valid point.

The English Reformation: England’s First Brexit

You’d need to...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 19:10

A La Carte (January 16)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of books, including one good one by R.C. Sproul.

(Yesterday on the blog: Get To Know Onthatile Children’s Ministries)

Max Lucado’s Endorsement of Jen Hatmaker: What it Means and Why it Matters

This is important: “It can be tempting to view...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:58

Get To Know Onthatile Children’s Ministries

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My recent journey through Africa led me to Onthatile Children’s Ministries in Johannesburg, South Africa (the second time I’ve visited the ministry, which is pronounced OWN-ta-tee-lay). There are nearly 3 million orphans in South Africa and Onthatile exists to rescue those that have...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:57

A La Carte (January 15)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a whole list of biographies as well as a couple of other titles.

The lowest-cost Kindle as well as the best-value-for-money Kindle (Paperwhite) are both on sale just now.

The Eleven Commandments For Long Winded Preachers

There is lots of stuff in this list of eleven...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 18:53

A La Carte (January 14)

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There is a pretty good selection of Kindle deals to browse through today. There’s some Wiersbe, some Lewis, some Keller and some others…

(Yesterday on the blog: The Rules for Alliteration)

Dining in the Dark: Is Communion Christ’s Flesh?

It’s so important that we get our...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 19:09

The Rules for Alliteration

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Strictly speaking, to alliterate is to provide a list of words that begin with the same letter or sound, as in “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” In a broader sense, to alliterate is to form an outline using similarly-sounding words or phrases. It is a device that, in...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:52

A La Carte (January 13)

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Today’s Kindle deals include just a few books—but they are good books mostly by John Piper, at least.

Untangling the Theology of Star Wars

There is lots of theology, or spirituality at least, in Star Wars. But what does it all add up to? “Throughout the saga, Star Wars mixed in some...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 18:41

Sunday A La Carte (January 12)

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This was one of those rare weeks when I collected more good material for A La Carte than I could use in just six days. For that reason, I put together a special “Sunday edition.” Enjoy!

Words That Honor God’s Word

Words are extremely powerful. They can build up, and they can...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 18:57

Weekend A La Carte (January 11)

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Today’s Kindle deals include several excellent classics and a couple of newer works.

(Yesterday on the blog: Piercing Heaven: A Prayer Book You’ll Actually Use)

Humbly Coming Before Our Father

“Although most people, even many professing Christians, believe that everyone is a child of...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 18:52

Piercing Heaven: A Prayer Book You’ll Actually Use

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I once met a prominent Christian—a Reformed Baptist theologian, even—who admitted something to me that sounded almost scandalous: He doesn’t care for The Pilgrim’s Progress. He read it as a student, he re-read it as an adult, and it just didn’t do much for him. And...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 18:47

A La Carte (January 10)

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Westminster Books says Ed Welch’s Created to Draw Near is their small group book of the year. And they’ve got it on sale for now.

Through Cruciform Press we’ve got some interesting new books: The definitive collection of John Piper’s missions-oriented sermons, drawn from his...

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