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23 Days – “You spend more than three weeks a year looking at your phone, according to new figures that illustrate just how central to our lives the mobile phone has become.” It doesn’t sound like a particularly rigorous study, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is just about accurate. (True of other people, that is; definitely not you or me.)

A Job You Don’t Love – “What do you do when you get stuck in a job you don’t love? When you’re waiting for a better one to come along, feel called to stay in certain work, or aren’t yet qualified for a job you think you might enjoy more? Is it possible to keep getting up day after day and actually have joy in your work?”

Chavez’s Last Words – “The head of Venezuela’s presidential guard was with Hugo Chavez during his final moments. His report on Chavez’s last words paints a picture of a man desperately clinging to life. According to this report, Chavez said: I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.” Denny Burk reflects.

Don’t Skip the Genealogies – Here is a short article to encourage you not to skip over the Bible’s genealogies.

Tweaking Tastes, Creating Cravings60 Minutes has a feature on artificial flavorings. It’s half-way fascinating and half-way nauseating.

A Spurgeon Documentary – Several people I know (Adrian Warnock, Aaron Armstrong and Stephen McCaskell are trying to fund a Spurgeon documentary. Here’s a personal note from Adrian.

Self-image, the concept we have of ourselves, must begin not by looking in the mirror but by looking into the face of God.

—Sam Storms

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • 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.