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A Christian View of Suffering – “In a recent lecture delivered at Houston’s Lanier Theological Library titled “Going Beyond Cliches: Christian Reflection on Suffering and Evil”, Don Carson proposes six pillars to support a Christian worldview for stability through suffering”

Afraid of Thunder – As a fan of the Blue Jays, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed watching the Yankees and the Red Sox react to a clap of thunder.

Commentaries as a Ministry – This is a good article from Douglas Moo as he writes about the joy and importance of writing commentaries.

Evangelicals Find Perils Abroad – The New York Times writes about Evangelicals and adoption and some of the challenges they face.

Deadly, Dull, Boring – “My early preaching disasters all followed the same deadly pattern. Parishioners would shake my hand at the door with a thin smile and a kind word, but the unvarnished truth always came out in the car trip home. I already knew what my wife, Louise, was going to say. (I saw her slump sideways during the fifth sub-point.) ‘It looked great when I read through it yesterday—but today it was just so… boring.’ And I knew she was right.”

The Jargon of Junk Food – I really enjoyed the book Salt, Sugar, Fat. Here’s a bit of what it contains.

I Hate / Love Being Busy – Here are some thoughts on being busy. Always busy.

Sexual Distinctiveness – “If you want to start an online fire today, there’s a simple recipe: suggest that men and women are distinct. Erick Erickson just did this.”

Next to Christ I have one joy: to preach Christ my Lord.

—Samuel Rutherford

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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?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…