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A La Carte (9/19)

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One of the Twelve – “Monday’s Navy Yard shooting ended with twelve innocent people murdered. One of them was Marty Bodrog. Marty, along with his wife Melanie, was a faithful part of Immanuel Bible Church. He was the kind of guy who causes people to conclude that God gives certain men the grace to father daughters; Marty was gregarious yet gentle, towering yet kind. Indeed he had three daughters, Izzy, Sophie, and Rita–two of whom are still in high school, and all three have their father’s wit and gentleness.”

Biblical-Era Town Discovered – A biblical-era town has been discovered along the Sea of Galilee. “Archaeologists suggest it could be the town of Dalmanutha described in the New Testament as the place Jesus sailed to after the miracle of the seven loaves and fish.”

Colorado Floods – The Big Picture has a photo gallery of the Colorado floods.

God Told Me – “When someone begins a sentence with ‘God told me …’ I have to admit a silent alarm goes off somewhere inside me–unless the phrase is followed by a verse of Scripture. I know that many see this as the way the Christian life is supposed to work–that if we are really in fellowship with God we will be able to sense him speaking to us through an inner voice. But I’m not so sure.”

Rick Warren on CNN – Rick Warren was recently a guest on Piers Morgan’s show on CNN. You can read the transcript here. I think you will find it encouraging.

Not This Time – If you’re a fan of Kansas or classic CCM, you may enjoy this video from John Elefante. You need to watch right to the end to get the context.

May not many of our barren seasons be ascribed to the fact that we did not thank God for fruitful ones?

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…