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TGC Atlantic – If you’re out on the east coast, or are looking for a good excuse to be, Kevin DeYoung, Mike Bullmore and I will be speaking at The Gospel Coalition Atlantic. It will run from August 7-9 and will be in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Dull Meets Boring – It may sound like the description of one of my sermons, but it’s actually a news headline.

3500 Genetic “Faults” – “Scientists could soon be able to routinely screen unborn babies for thousands of genetic conditions, raising concerns the breakthrough could lead to more abortions.” This will do more than raise concerns–it will positively guarantee many more abortions.

Learning About Life – Adrian Warnock offers an account which shows what “a child with Down’s syndrome can teach you about life.”

The Locavore’s Dilemma – This looks like an interesting book that promotes not the trendy 100-mile diet, but what the authors say is the far more helpful and sustainable 10,000 mile diet.

Prioritizing Church Planting – Erik Raymond: “While I am thankful for the resurgence in church-planting we are not comitted to it because it is popular but because it is biblical. I really believe that it is right and that it is effective. As leaders we have attempted to create a culture that prayerfully and purposefully longs and plans for church planting.” He offers a list of reasons.

There is a burden of care in getting riches; fear of keeping them; temptation in using them; guilt of abusing them; sorrow in losing them; and a burden of account at last to be given concerning them.

—Matthew Henry

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    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

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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…