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The Unforgivable Sin – Jonathan Pennington, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, takes on this always-pertinent question: What is the unforgivable sin Jesus spoke of? I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked that one.

All the Radical I Can Manage – Barnabas Piper: “Sometimes faith isn’t radical; sometimes it’s just holding on. It’s not intellectual in the slightest and neither is it particularly well-argued. It doesn’t seek to change the world or do anything dynamic. It is not on any mission and it’s not a unique use of gifts. It is just holding on tight because that’s all it can do at the time.”

5 Things I Learned in Canada – Daniel Darling was in Canada last week to speak at a Gospel Coalition event in PEI (an event I spoke at last year). I’m linking his article mostly because he boasts about my co-pastor Paul Martin, but also because he gives you reasons you should attend the event next year.

5 Worst Books for Your Children – Here are 5 books you shouldn’t read to your children. “The following five works of fiction do not encourage and inspire the love of reading in children. They’re terrible books for kids. If you make your children read these they will develop a loathing for reading that will last their whole lives and may possibly poison their very souls. Let’s see why.”

Gospel Centered Discipleship – Gospel Centered Discipleship has a pretty good collection of ebooks and, for a limited time, they’ve marked them all down to $0.99.

When There Is Nothing to Say – This is another difficult but helpful article on helping others through their grief. It suggests what you might say or do when there is nothing to say.

I hold it to be a fact, that if all persons knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.

—Blaise Pascal

  • 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?…