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A La Carte (April 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include nothing noteworthy. We’ve been so spoiled the past couple of days that it’s hard to complain. (But all those deals are still in effect.)

(Yesterday on the blog: T4G Kindle Book Extravaganza)

Challies en español

This is a reminder that my blog is also offered in Spanish. Articles are (professionally) translated and released there five days a week. We are also captioning many of the videos.

When Hot-Button Issues Cry Out to Young Pastors

This article as some sound advice for younger pastors as they navigate current issues. “Every generation sees hot-button issues. These are issues which often matter; issues that need to be addressed. They are issues which involve people made in God’s image. Pastors have pastoral mandates from God. God cares about real people and real issues, which is why he gives these pastors and their mandates. So, what are ways that pastors can keep caring amidst these throes?”

Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobacco

“A new ‘Joe Camel’-esque phenomenon may be igniting as the new fad takes a 21st-century page out of an old playbook.” That doesn’t sound good…

Are People Ultimately Good or Bad? (Video)

Are people ultimately good or bad? Dr. Stephen Wellum answers in the next episode of Honest Answers.

Mr. Zuckerberg Goes to Washington: 7 Observations and Thoughts

Chris Martin writes, “On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg began his two-day testimony before members of Congress. I had the hearing on in the background all afternoon as I worked on some other projects. (Note: I did not listen to all five hours of his testimony, so I surely missed some noteworthy discussion.) I thought it would be helpful to share some of my thoughts and observations from the hearing so far.”

Why This Lake is the Deadliest in the World (Video)

This video shows why one lake in Africa is the deadliest in the world.

Rediscovering the Lost Art of Lament

“How does God want us to deal with the great difficulties of life? Does he want us to ignore them, to get over them, to power through them, or to be crushed by them? No. He wants us to lament over them. That is the great lesson of a little-read passage in the Old Testament prophet, Micah.”

18 Observations about Nine Plagues

These are simple but interesting observations about nine plagues.

Flashback: Why We Need the Song of Songs

Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon if you prefer, must be one of the most controversial books in the whole Bible, and whether it is meant to be literal or allegorical (or both) is one of the great debates of every age. But what we must know and believe is that the book is a good gift of God and relevant for our day and every day.

We live in age of compromise, but if we stand on the bedrock of God’s truth, we will not bend with the winds of relativism and faithlessness.

—R.C. Sproul

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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.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…