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A La Carte (12/24)

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Christianity Is Close to Extinction – According to this report, Christianity is nearing extinction in the Middle East. “The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as ‘racism’.”

Touch Not the Lord’s Annointed – Conrad Mbewe writes about the phrase “touch not the Lord’s annointed,” saying that “if there has been a phrase in the Bible that has been recently tortured until it confesses a lie,” it is this one.

A Letter from R.A. Dickey – You’ll have to allow me a baseball moment here. R.A. Dickey was recently traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and after that happened he wrote this letter to his fans in New York City. I’m looking forward to having him here in Toronto!

The Best History Books of 2012 – Here’s one list of the best history books of 2012. The Passage of Power seems to be atop every list I’ve seen; I may need to get it, but would first want to read the three volumes that precede it. And that seems like rather a tall order…

Sentimentalize, Sanitize, Spiritualize – Bob Kauflin: “The miracle and meaning of the Incarnation can be so difficult to grasp that we can settle for substitutes that leave us impoverished and unimpressed with the real story of Christmas. Even as we lead the church in song, we can present Christmas in a way that fails to leave people gasping in amazement or humbled in awe.”

Gabriel’s Message – I’ve enjoyed Deni Gauthier’s rendition of “Gabriel’s Message.”

The mightiest prayers are often those drenched with the Word of God.

—Herbert Lockyer

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    We Who Are So Ordinary

    A couple of years ago I listened to an interview with a critic of Christianity. He was a person who claimed to love Christ, yet who seemed to have little use for Christ’s church and little good to say about Christ’s people. There was one critique that especially stood out to me

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    A La Carte (March 4)

    A La Carte: Christians should long for giftedness / Talking about race in 2024 / No creed but the Bible / 7 blessings older saints offer the church / Is it okay for Christians to grieve? / Kindle and book deals / and more.

  • What Is the Best Thing In Life?

    What Is the Best Thing In Life?

    Any time we consider the spiritual disciplines, or means of grace, it is crucial that we remember not only the great purpose of these habits but also the great blessing they represent. We were made to know God and to be known by God. We were made in the image of God to have a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (March 2)

    A La Carte: The only way out of our desperate hypocrisy / Are Evangelicals too hard on men? / 9 healthy ways to respond to criticism / Is God disappointed with me? / 4 snapshots of dispensationalism today / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.