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A La Carte (April 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books. The highlight is Ed Shaw’s excellent work on same-sex attraction.

Logos users, don’t forget that I’ve worked with Logos to put together a curated list of excellent NT commentaries.

11 Reasons for a Weekly Service Review

Jeff Lacine lists “11 reasons why you should consider starting a weekly service review at your church, and four cautions to keep in mind if you do.”

FlightLapse (Video)

I suppose I’d prefer the pilot to focus on flying rather than shooting video. But still, this is a neat video of a pilot’s view of the Milky Way.

The Movie Date That Solidified J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hatred of Walt Disney

Wouldn’t it have been fun to be a fly on the while as Tolkien and Lewis watched that movie together?

Praying Over the Music

Megan Hill writes about distraction in our worship services. “If we always exercise with a playlist and await our restaurant meal with a video, we naturally expect sensory accompaniments to follow us to worship. And when it comes to the singular, quiet, unspectacular, and seemingly-sedentary activity of corporate prayer, we may reflexively seek something else to augment our experience.”

Keep Looking (Video)

You may enjoy John Piper’s take on Louis Agassiz and his fish.

Sister, You Can Do Hard Things

Amy Gannett has one for women: “I’m not saying that Bible study is easy. I’m not saying that it doesn’t require a learning curve or a good amount of time and effort. I don’t believe that it comes easily to most, and my personal experience says that it takes a lot of persistence and practice. Studying the Bible is not necessarily and easy task, but, sister, you can do hard things.”

Is Jesus’ Submission to the Father Eternal? (Video)

Professor Blair Smith of Reformed Theological Seminary answers this question.

53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

These people “mentioned in the Bible have been identified in the archaeological record. Their names appear in inscriptions written during the period described by the Bible and in most instances during or quite close to the lifetime of the person identified.”

Flashback: The Man on the Moon

I recently found myself thinking, “I wish I could be involved in something that significant.” And then I thought of one of the great and enduring privileges that is mine as a Christian.

So many are looking for special revelation from God while it sits on their shelves gathering dust.

—Burk Parsons

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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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?…