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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

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.