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A La Carte (11/4)

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The Scandal of Preaching – “By now it is old news that we live in a world marked by postmodernity. In such a world, truth is not something that is outside ourselves, but something that is self-determined. Each of us constructs our own private, personal realities. What’s ‘true’ for you is not ‘true’ for me.” Michael Kruger shows how preaching will uniquely reach this generation.

Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower – “Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion—especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt.”

An Evangelical Orphan Lover – “Sometimes I am bewildered. In the past number of weeks, I have read a number of articles that seem to be distinctly anti-adoption. Have you sensed this too?” Amy declares herself an Evangelical orphan lover, even in the midst of all that criticism.

GoThereFor – Tony Payne of Matthias Media introduces a new web site and a new effort. This looks like a site worth bookmarking. Here is a new article at the site that lays down a great challenge for pastors.

An Interview on Technology – I was recently interviewed for the Christian Music Blog podcast and mention it because I want to offer a writing topic for someone to take on: What makes some music excellent for congregational singing? How do we define “congregational?” What makes a song easy to sing?

5 Reasons to Write in Your Books – Here are five good reasons to write in your books.


The measure of our love for others can largely be determined by the frequency and earnestness of our prayers for them.

—A.W. Pink

  • 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?…