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A La Carte (5/2)

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It’s Not Poetry – The Sola Panel blog (think Matthias Media) has an interesting article about the early chapters of Genesis. “When it comes to standard Hebrew poetic forms—especially parallelism, ‘non-standard’ vocabulary and ‘unusual’ verb patterning—these are also absent from the text (with the exception of 1:27). As my old Ancient Near East history lecturer once put it, anyone reading the text would fail a first-year Hebrew exam if they called Genesis 1 a type of Hebrew poetry.”

Free @ ChristianAudio – ChristianAudio has released their free audio book for the month of May (free for the download, no strings attached). Personally I just can’t tolerate the author, but he’s my wife’s favorite.

Best Facial Hair of the Civil War – I guess the link says it all (it’s a link to Smithsonian). Those guys sure knew how to rock the facial hair, didn’t they?

Christ Is Praying – Erik has just a couple of powerful quotes on Christ’s intercession for us. “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.”

Sunday Morning Fight – Though written specifically for pastors, this article is relevant to all of us. Brian Croft answers this question: “What if I have a conflict with my spouse Sunday morning before church?”

Banning Laptops – I posted an article by Douglas Groothuis in Saturday’s A La Carte. Here’s another one on the same topic. This stuff is worth thinking about.

If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisifed if it were doubled.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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?…