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A La Carte (10/3)

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Hospitality and the Great Commission – “You know what the key to evangelism in the 21st-century will be, don’t you?’ He wasn’t talking Global South, but the Western hemisphere — and America in particular. I’m sure he could see on our faces how eager we were for his answer. Wow, the key, we were thinking. This is huge. He paused and smiled that memorable Steve Childers world-evangelism grin. He waited. Still waiting. Still paused. Still nothing. Hold it … hold it. I was almost ready to burst with, ‘Just c’mon already!’ Finally he lifted the curtain.”

Thanksgiving: It’s Not Trivial – “‘Count your blessings.’ ‘Put a smile on your dial.’ ‘Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens.’ Thanksgiving has always seemed a bit trivial to me, a Hallmark greeting card sentiment next to the lyric poetry of praise.”

TGC Job Board – The Gospel Coalition has begun a job board where churches and ministries can post their job openings. “For years, we’ve fielded requests for The Gospel Coalition to use our website to help these pastors learn about openings in churches where they’ll find a good fit. Likewise, our staff often hear from pastors in churches looking to hire someone who shares the values laid out in TGC’s confessional statement and theological vision for ministry.”

Book Proposals – Barnabas explains what it takes to put together a standout book proposal that will catch the eye of a publisher.

The Finest Young Sportswriter – Owen Strachan has an interview with the finest young sportswriter in America.

Mobile Tech and the Brain – This writer shows how mobile technologies can either enhance or degrade our minds. “Just because all of this marvelous technology exists does not mean that we have to use it all at the same time. We are not slaves to it, obliged to respond whenever it calls.”

Unaccompanied by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is inactive, inoperative; a mere dead letter!

—Octavius Winslow

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.