Weekend A La Carte (June 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good books that cross lots of categories. (Yesterday on the blog: 10 Books Every Christian Should Read) Are Southern Baptists Turning Into Feminists? Denny Burk replies to an article in the New York Times suggesting that Southern Baptists are becoming feminists. Verses for Your Conversations with Mormons “As I was reviewing a very basic list of verses for conversations with Mormons that I compiled a while back, I thought you might find it useful, as …

Free Stuff Fridays (Cruciform Press)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Cruciform Press.  Getting to know that special someone naturally involves learning about family and friends, education and athletics, favorite pastimes, and your hopes and dreams. Ideally, you’ll talk about life’s best moments and worst, the brightest places in your background and the darkest.   But what about God? What is his role in your relationship? What do each of you believe about him, and how do you understand his dream for marriage—for your …

10 Books Every Christian Should Read

I believe that of all the questions I receive, the most common relate to books. What are some books I ought to read? Can you recommend a book on this subject or that subject? What should I read next? I’m happy to answer such questions, but thought I might be able to answer a bunch at once by suggesting 10 books that every Christian ought to read. Transcript As you can probably imagine, I get a lot of feedback from …

A La Carte (June 22)

I’m in San Diego today and looking forward to speaking several times at the IBCD conference on the theme of “Loving Wayward Souls.” I hope to meet some of you here! Then it’s back home Saturday to worship with my church family on Sunday. (Yesterday on the blog: The Lost Spiritual Discipline) The Dangers of Distracted Parenting Parents (like myself) ought to consider this: “A mother telling kids to go out and play, a father saying he needs to concentrate on a …

The Lost Spiritual Discipline

We are all accustomed to reading works on the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life. We know that as Christians we ought to discipline ourselves to ensure we maintain a lifelong focus on Word, prayer, and fellowship. And so we read the Bible and meditate on it, we pray as individuals and families, and we maintain fellowship with one another through local church worship and the sacraments or ordinances. Well and good! This is the stuff of the Christian life. …

A La Carte (June 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection of books and booklets. (Yesterday on the blog: The Greatest Treasure of Church History) Life as a Vapor Many people have been wondering how Paul Washer has been doing since his heart attack. Here’s a recent update he wrote for his ministry. Differences Between the God of the Qur’an & the God of the Bible “You’ve probably heard it said ‘All of the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—they all worship the same God.’ …

The Greatest Treasure of Church History

This is my year of traveling, searching, and scouring the world to uncover the treasures of church history. Since December I’ve been in 11 different countries (with many more remaining) and have gazed upon some amazing objects. This is, of course, all part of the project I’m calling EPIC that is meant to culminate in a book and documentary. Some of the objects I’ve seen have great monetary value to the degree that they are rightly considered priceless. (Go ahead …

A La Carte (June 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include a whole collection of excellent Puritan works (and more). (Yesterday on the blog: Why the Best Missions Sermon Is All About God’s Sovereignty) What Makes a Translation Accurate? Bill Mounce answers the question. And the answer isn’t as simple as you might think. A Psalm-Singing Resurgence This is a good development. “We are experiencing something of a Psalm-singing resurgence in our day. Resources abound online for people who would like to learn more about psalm singing. Churches …

Why the Best Missions Sermon Is All About God’s Sovereignty

David Platt’s sermon at the 2012 T4G conference is one of the most powerful calls to the nations in the last twenty years. What made it so compelling? The title of the sermon says it all: “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions.” It’s the next entry in the Great Sermon Series. This video is brought to you in part by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can download a free book from Southern and learn more about training for …

A La Carte (June 19)

I wasn’t able to track down any compelling Kindle deals today. We’ll try again tomorrow. (Yesterday on the blog: Not Worrying ≠ Not Caring) 8 Habits of the Excellent Bible Teacher Here’s one for the Bible teachers. “I’ve learned that becoming excellent at anything starts with carefully cultivating particular daily habits. Excellence is more about the seemingly small things we do every day than it is about the big things we accomplish in a moment. Here are eight habits that excellent teachers …