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  • When God Gives Us a Platform

    When God Gives Us a Platform

    There are many ways we may respond to the sudden onrush of some new pain or the sudden onset of some fresh sorrow. There are many options set before us when health fails and uncertainty draws near, when wealth collapses and bankruptcy looms, when a loved one is taken and we are left alone. There…

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    A La Carte (January 31)

    A La Carte: What are demons and how should we think about them? / It’s time to stop bagging out the “average church member” / Alistair Begg and the loving thing / The internal contradiction in transgender theories / Seeing in color / The sad relief / and more.

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    A La Carte (January 30)

    A La Carte: Evangelicals need a constructive vision / He’s with you, no matter what / Keeping singing the (whole) gospel / Abundant life in room 129 / On pastors and professors / Was Jesus confused by the cross? / and more.

  • The Word Invites You Into an Ancient Conversation

    This week the blog is sponsored by Thomas Nelson Bibles. This post is adapted from the introduction of the Timeless Truths Bible by Matthew Z. Capps, Sr. Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church (Apex, NC), who served as its general editor. What is the most important thing you need to know about the Bible? In my…

  • Alaska Airlines

    Fallen Planes and Fallen Pastors

    You probably heard about the recent mishap with Alaska Airlines flight 1282. Shortly after it departed Portland, a door plug blew out of the aircraft’s hull which caused the immediate and uncontrolled decompression of the cabin. The pilots quickly descended to an altitude at which the air was breathable and subsequently brought the plane and…

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    A La Carte (January 29)

    A La Carte: Winter’s wait / Babel and the sin of glorifying ourselves / 10 things you should know about American criminal justice / A call for churches and individuals to ministry among the elderly / Kindle deals / and more.

  • What Can I Do To Repay My Debt

    What Can I Do To Repay My Debt?

    It is a question we all wonder at one time or another: What can we do to repay the debt we owe to Christ? What can we do for the One who has done so much for us? What cost would be sufficient and what length of service would be adequate? James Edmeston once pondered…

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    Weekend A La Carte (January 27)

    Weekend A La Carte: Listening well to domestic abuse survivors / The only way to satisfy the longings of your soul / Confronting a loved one with narcissism / Missed opportunities and the best of all possible timelines / Hopeful for the future of disability ministry / and more.

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for January 2024

    New year, new books! As a new year begins, publishers have been hard at work with new releases. I sorted through the many options and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of what it’s all about. I hope there’s something…

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    A La Carte (January 26)

    A La Carte: Is ‘gentle parenting’ biblical? / The challenge of choosing between bitter and better / Is that wise? / The spiritual promise the cinema can’t deliver / What is the church? / and more.

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (January 25)

    A La Carte: Shepherding our children through hardships and trials / Redeem time in the age of TikTok / God is for you, no matter where, who, or what / Three reasons Christians should oppose abortion / 5 signs our inner peace might be a deceptive calm / and more.

  • It’s Okay To Just Pray

    It’s Okay To Just Pray

    I have yet to meet the Christian who has mastered prayer. In fact, I have yet to meet the Christian who feels like much more than a beginner in the school of prayer. Though I know many who pray, I know few who are convinced they really understand prayer. In a strange way, I find…

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    A La Carte (January 24)

    A La Carte: How to persevere in winter seasons / The paper dolls of polyamory / The shame of a prodigal daughter / Fish story / Seek God’s face before his hand / Seven things church leaders need to consider / and more.

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    A La Carte (January 23)

    A La Carte: Back in my day vs for such a time as this / You are not the only one / Dangers in interpreting circumstances / When consequences are irreversible / To lead quiet and peaceful lives / and more.

  • What is a Disciple?

    Today’s blog is sponsored by the D3 Youth Conference, March 8-9, 2024 at Boyce College in Louisville, KY. Some words become so familiar they risk losing their meaning. For Christians, the term “disciple” carries just such a risk. We read about Jesus calling forth disciples in the pages of the Gospels. We recognize the command…

  • The Soundtrack of Heaven

    The Soundtrack of Heaven

    I once heard of a ship that was crossing the Atlantic from Europe to South America, and as it neared the end of its crossing, it escaped a close call that would have sent it to the depths and would have taken the lives of many of its passengers. After departing Dover, the ship had…

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    A La Carte (January 22)

    A La Carte: Dancing in an empty theater / Do you assume motives? / Why I’m a better pastor for you than… / Consider your attitude to the local church / Orthodoxy is a friend of the young / Lord’s Supper is not a pot luck / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Fruit

    When Fruit Does Not Spring Up

    God’s plan and God’s expectation is that those who are saved will bear fruit. And not only will they bear fruit, but they will bear fruit quickly and abundantly. Fruitfulness is evidence of both salvation and sanctification.

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    Weekend A La Carte (January 20)

    Weekend A La Carte: Ministerial platforms, self-praise, and self-glory / The traits of false teachers / Grace from the God who guards your life / Beware the devil’s normal schemes / Actual trust / and more.

  • Envy

    A Big Problem You Didn’t Know You Had

    I still remember, and may never forget, the first time I stopped to consider envy. I was reading a book by Os Guinness and was blindsided by a section on that particular sin. I immediately understood that it was prominent in my life and immediately began to take steps to address it. The process took…