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There appears to be a truck from the electric company parked out on the street. So I’m going to hurry today’s A La Carte out onto the Interwebs just in case they’re about to shut down our power. I’m hoping that’s not the case since it’s well below freezing today and we depend upon electric heat…

The Message of the Bible – Dane Ortlund asked a long list of people to summarize the Bible in one sentence. The results are quite interesting.

Parenting: It’s Never an Interruption – Paul David Tripp on parenting: “Parenting is all about living by the principle of prepared spontaneity. You don’t really know what’s going to happen next. You don’t really know when you’ll have to enforce a command, intervene in an argument, confront a wrong, hold out for a better way, remind someone of a truth, call for forgiveness, lead someone to confession, point to Jesus, restore peace, hold someone accountable, explain a wisdom principle, give a hug of love, laugh in the face of adversity, help someone complete a task, mediate an argument, stop with someone and pray, assist someone to see his heart, or talk once again about what it means to live together in a community of love.”

Boomerang GMail – I’ve really been enjoying this Firefox/Chrome add-on that allows you to schedule emails to be sent to you (or others) and also allows you to “boomerang” emails to your inbox if they haven’t been responded to within a certain amount of time. Very handy!

The Gospel in a Break-in – I enjoyed this short article from Brian Croft: “After the morning service on Sunday, I walked over to see what everyone was starring at through the window of the sanctuary. It was 4 men, dressed in black, trying to break into the car of one of our church members. So, how did I see the grace of the gospel in this?”

The Most Amazing Press Release – A good little bit of satire from TechCrunch.

Cracks in the Crystal Cathedral – CT writes about the problems faced by the Crystal Cathedral. “Some are tempted to hit the man while he is down, but this is unwise. Robert Schuller is not the problem—contemporary evangelicalism is. Schuller was only leading the parade of those who believe they are responsible for making the gospel relevant. The lesson is not that Schuller got it wrong or that his theology is out-of-date; it is not that we just need to find a better, more current point of cultural contact. The lesson is that our attempts to find and exploit a point of cultural contact inevitably end in bankruptcy.”

Play – I haven’t taken a look at the organization that made this, but I enjoyed the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_srFvO0kuFA?fs=1&hl=en_US

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.

—Mark Twain

  • Like an iPhone

    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?…