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Where Did All These Calvinists Come From? – Last week, Mark Dever dusted off a 2007 series he wrote on the New Calvinism and delivered it, with a few changes, as an hour-long lecture at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Matt Smethurst provides a quick overview.

4 Reasons the Gospels Could Not Be Legends – “The most popular theory today against the Bible is that the gospels are a bunch of myths and legends. As the theory goes, Jesus was a great guy with some commendable teachings, but the stories we have about him in the four gospels are made-up legends intended to beef up Christianity’s claims.” Here are 4 reasons that just can’t be the case.

Secret Sexual Sin – The Lies Young Women Believe blog asked Aileen and me to write a couple of articles on masturbation—a growing concern as they provide counsel to young women.

Greater Work – R.C. Sproul gives an answer to this question: What did Jesus mean when he said we would do greater work than He did?

How to Write Less Badly – Michael Munger has ten tips on how to write less badly.

Jesus CallingChristianity Today has a long and interesting article about the Jesus Calling phenomenon and its mysterious author, Sarah Young.

Strange Fire: What Now? – The GTY staff has a blog post about the aftermath of the Strange Fire conference. They include some words for the people who felt hurt by the conference and some encouragement as well.


Winners of souls must first be weepers for souls.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…