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Your Children and Sex – If you are a parent, you will not want to read this article, but it might prove wise to do so: “Three Things You Don’t Know About Your Children and Sex.” Let it frighten you just enough to increase awareness and take action.

Rebuking from the Pulpit – You may have seen the now-infamous video of Jim Standridge rebuking parishoners from the pulpit. Christianity Today asked a panel of experts “Should pastors rebuke parishioners from the pulpit?” I wouldn’t have thought you’d even need to ask such a question. Nevertheless, the answers are (generally) good.

Rebuilding Detroit – If you are in the mood for a longer read, this article on how a young community of entrepreneurs is rebuilding Detroit is quite interesting.

10 Enemy Attacks on Leaders – “Recently, a church leader asked me what tactics I’ve seen the Enemy most use against leaders. In no particular order, here are the ten most common strategies I’ve seen.”

Interview with Ligon Duncan – I enjoyed this interview with Ligon Duncan. If you are wondering why it matters to you and me that he took the position at Reformed Theological Seminary, this interview will clear it up for you.

How Much Artists Earn Online – This infographic shows how much musicians earn when their songs are bought and sold online. It helps show why there is so much concern over the streaming services.

Why Expository Preaching Matters – Al Mohler is writing a series of articles on expository preaching. In the most recent one he includes a definition of expository preaching that is well worth reading and thinking about (it’s long enough that it will take some time to absorb!).

God rarely seems to use a man who pampers himself with luxury.

—Kenneth Prior

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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.