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Isn’t Preaching Outdated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 After all, isn’t preaching outdated?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.


  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 9)

    A La Carte: A prayer for my children’s walk with Christ / What really happened and Nicea / The secular creed / The Bible is not boring / It’s okay to fail / How can I read my Bible correctly? / Kindle deals / and more.