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Explore April 2014

  • Church & Mission Website FAQ #1

    Does Church Plant Media build websites for both churches and ministries? Yes, with “plant” as our middle name, we are happy to help you “grow” your online ministry. We have been building great websites for gospel ministry since 1998 and we welcome any gospel-loving group that is defined by the words “Church & Mission” including,…

  • Protect Your Church in One Simple Step

    A few days ago I tried to demonstrate how a church self-destructs. There is a sad progression that begins with the people growing weary and ashamed of truth. No longer able or willing to endure sound teaching, they get rid of the truth-tellers and accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. Inevitably, they…

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    A La Carte (April 30)

    Ian & Larissa – You may have heard of Ian and Larissa. This video provides an update on their unique situation and tells that they’ll soon have a book out titled Eight Twenty Eight. Encouraging Others Through Loss – This is a powerful story following a devastating loss. “A lot of people have said our…

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    True Woman 101

    It came like a lightning bolt. It shouldn’t have, I suppose, but somehow it still did. For years our church has struggled to build an effective women’s ministry. Men’s ministry has come quite easily and we have seen men participate in the ministry, enjoy it, and build significant relationships through it. But women’s ministry has…

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    A La Carte (April 29)

    Pope Francis, TMZ, And Sainthood – “The only thing worse than celebrity culture, is celebrity culture in the church.” There are some great reflections on celebrities and celebrityism in this article. The Future of Protestantism – “Should the shape of Protestant theology and the Protestant consciousness still be determined by the Reformation’s reaction to Roman…

  • Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps

    A short time ago I learned of a church building in our neighborhood that was for sale. For years now Grace Fellowship Church has been looking for a building of our own, so we thought we should go and give it a look. This had once been a thriving congregation. Faithful Christians had given sacrificially…

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    A La Carte (April 28)

    Can Blessings Be a Trial? – “Do you find yourself in the midst of blessings? Your marriage is strong. Your children seem to coast along. Everything is going well at work. Your health is decent. Finances are sufficient to pay the bills. Friendships seem to be easy and fun. Overall, life is going your way…

  • The Bestsellers: Blue Like Jazz

    A short time ago I launched a new Sunday series called “The Bestsellers.” The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association tracks sales of Christian books, and awards the Platinum Book Award for books whose sales exceed one million, and the Diamond Book Award for sales exceeding ten million. In this series I will look at the history…

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    New & Notable Books (Late April)

    I am in the unique and enjoyable position of receiving copies of most of the latest and greatest Christian books. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve received boxes of them and, in sorting through the pile, some have risen to the top. This time they are all either the beginning of new series or…

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    Weekend A La Carte (April 26)

    Marriage Equality for Throuples – “The story of a female throuple in Massachusetts (with a baby on the way) provides further confirmation, as if any were needed, of the proposition that ‘ideas have consequences’.” The tide is turning fast. A Biblical and Theological Analysis of NDE – Justin Taylor links to a helpful analysis of…

  • Free Stuff Fridays

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by CBD Reformed. As they always do, they are giving away 5 prize packages this week. Each of the 5 winners will receive the following 3 books: In addition, CBD Reformed is offering a 4-day sale (April 25 – 28) on the following three products: Again, there are…

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    Satan Cast Out

    I have said it before: If there is any area in the Christian world that is dominated by superstition and speculation, it is spiritual warfare and the existence and activity of Satan and his demons. Far too many books on these topics are subjective and speculative rather than grounded in the firm truths of Scripture.…

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    A La Carte (April 25)

    But What About Gluttony? – Kevin DeYoung: “Why do conservative Christians make such a fuss about homosexuality and give everyone a free pass—most notably themselves—when it comes to gluttony? That’s a question you hear a lot of us these days and one you should expect to hear again and again, posed in a hundred different…

  • Protect Your Family with the Skydog

    The Internet has become an indispensable resource for the home and family, but every parent has grappled with properly managing and overseeing that resource. We all know the dangers that lurk out there, yet still believe in the value of maintaining access and the necessity of training our children to use it wisely. As the…

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    A La Carte (April 24)

    Sinner, Come Home – Al Mohler was one of many who was deeply affected by John Piper’s sermon at Together for the Gospel. He writes about it here. “Softly and tenderly still rings in my ears, and John Piper’s anointed exposition still rings in my heart. I am thankful beyond words to know that others…

  • The False Teachers: Benny Hinn

    A few months ago I set out on a series of articles through which I am scanning the history of the church—from its earliest days all the way to the present time—to examine some of Christianity’s most notable false teachers. Along the way we have visited such figures as Arius, Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White,…

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    A La Carte (April 23)

    Retweeting Compliments – Nathan Bingham: “The question of whether it is acceptable to retweet compliments on Twitter is nothing new and quite an old question in terms of internet years.” Should a Christian retweet compliments others pay him? Bart Ehrman’s Latest – Here’s a long but enlightening article on Bart Ehrman, focusing on his latest…

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    Four Blood Moons

    I most often read Christian books that appear to offer the opportunity to grow in knowledge and obedience to the Lord, but occasionally I see one soaring up the bestseller lists or otherwise making an impact and decide to read it just to see what the fuss is all about. Such was the case with…

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    A La Carte (April 22)

    Are We Expecting Too Much or Too Little? – Are we expecting too much or too little from church? Churchy Gimmicks – The new issue of Credo magazine looks like a good one. It’s free for the download! There’s also a new version of Themelios available. Heaven Is Scary … For Real – I’m glad…

  • A Cost Of All This Preaching?

    I am one of those New Calvinists, I guess, which means I am part of a crowd that values preaching, and expository preaching in particular. Of course I was an Old Calvinist before I was a New one and was raised in a tradition that valued preaching just as highly. For my whole life I’ve…