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A La Carte (April 11)

Tips for T4G

J.A. Medders offers up some important (and a few not-so-important) tips on surviving and thriving at Together for the Gospel.

When NOT Helping Hurts

Here’s a tough situation to navigate: “One major principle is to not do something for someone that they can do for themselves. Good-hearted giving from Westerners sometimes (maybe even most of the time) creates dependency, encourages sinful habits and removes motivation to work hard. That is exactly where I find myself.”

Conversing Diversely

I’m thankful to Jemar and Tyler of the Reformed African American Network for discussing my articles from last week on their latest podcast.

That Smiling Missionary Family

“You see that happy missionary family smiling out of the postcard on your fridge? Their marriage is probably hanging by a thread.” Here’s valuable advice on caring for and praying for missionaries.

9 Ways to Respond after a Less than Spectacular Sermon or Lesson

At some point every preacher or teacher needs to grapple with having delivered a poor, or just very average, sermon or lesson. “For all of us who feel like we missed it yesterday, let these thoughts encourage you as you begin the new work week…”

This Day in 1836. 180 years ago today, George Mueller opened his famous orphanage on Wilson Street in Bristol, England. *

Switching Fields

Gavin Peacock tells about his transition from professional soccer in the UK to pastoral ministry in Canada.

Pope Francis and the Footnote that Could Split the Church

Trevin Wax: “Here’s what I’m going to do in this lengthy post. I’m going to summarize and quote from some of the most important parts of the document. At the end, I’m going to get to the most controversial aspect (including that footnote)…”

Benton

We cannot infer from prosperity that God is pleased with us, nor can we infer from adversity that he is displeased with us.

—Wilson Benton

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.