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Isn’t Preaching Outdated
Irish Calvinist has a fantastic article in which he wonders what would have happened if, instead of preaching, Sarah Palin had chosen to sit on a couch or on a stool (maybe with ripped jeans and sandals) to deliver her speech. After all, isn’t preaching outdated?


Uncovering The Shack
Mark points to an excellent sermon by Michael Youssef, pastor of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. Youssef, for only the third time in 33 years of preaching, dedicated a sermon to a book. He is emotional, compassionate and biblical as he looks to The Shack knowing that he is risking angering the people in his church.


Whatever You Do
Stacey writes about cooking (and, having been in their home many times, I can testify that she speaks from a position of strength here): “I thought I’d write this post to encourage anyone that is struggling in their kitchen duties, or for those who love it and want to find even greater value and opportunities in it.”


Free from Max McLean
Max McLean is giving away a 25-minute version of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” that he performed/preached live in a church setting.


Crossway Blog
Crossway is the latest Christian publisher to start up their own blog.


Master of Puppets
Ben writes about puppet ministries, still surprisingly popular, and asks a few questions. “Given the Bible’s relative silence on the issue of puppets, I turn this over to you: are you willing to sit under the teaching of a puppet? May puppets be allowed to co-lead a Bible study, so long as there is a non-puppet leader also present? Should they be responsible only for the other puppets in the group? May they preach to a mixed congregation, such as the residents of Sesame Street?”


Our Adoption Story
Together for Adoption has posted a video by Russell Moore in which he discusses his family’s decision to adopt. Look to the sidebar and you’ll see that there is a related video that follows it.


The Evangelical Outpost
The Evangelical Outpost, long one of my favorite blogs, is under new management. Click to read about who has taken over.


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    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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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.