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Answering Objections – STR: “I was listening to a sermon by Tim Keller that addressed common objections to the Bible as God’s Word, and I thought this was a very clever point. He has a way of turning an objection into a virtue.” They describe how he does that.

The Humility to Be an Example – I’ve often reflected on this, the humility of putting yourself forward as an example.

Undivided Attention – “What captures the attention of toddlers and infants most at Disneyworld? The costumes? The animations? The rides? The toys? Nope, none of these things. According to a recent study, it’s their parents cellphones!”

VeggieTales and Moralism – Gene Veith drew my attention to an interesting article that I guess I had missed until now. “Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, went bankrupt in 2003, sold the franchise, and turned to other ventures. In an interview with World Magazine, he says how he realized that the ‘Christian’ message of those talking vegetables was not Christianity at all.”

I Accused My Wife of Infidelity – “I accused my wife of infidelity last year. No, there was no evidence. No, there was no change in our relationship. No, it is not characteristic of her in the slightest. However, I had my reasons … Getting ahead of myself.”

When thou sleepest, think that thou art resting on the battlefield; when thou walkest, suspect an ambush in every hedge.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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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.