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A La Carte (April 3)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty significant list of books. If you were to buy and read only these, you’d be well on your way to understanding sound doctrine.

(Yesterday on the blog: Is There Anything Wrong with Sports and Hobbies?)

God is not Concerned with Our Efficiency

We often have a vision for the mission field that is based on our cultural values. This article is a good reminder that it is not our vision but rather God’s vision for that missionary that is important.

The Pope, Hell, & the Papacy

“An Italian journalist has quoted Pope Francis as saying ‘there is no hell,’ a statement that the Vatican quickly backtracked, referencing an admission by the journalist that his interviews employs “reconstructions” of conversations. But questions remain, including questions about the nature of the papacy.” Gene Veith discusses.

When Facebook Falls Out of Like With Your Blog

Stephen McAlpine writes about an unfortunate truth for all bloggers out there.

Can Social Media Be Saved?

“Our growing discomfort with our largest social platforms is reflected in polls. One recently conducted by Axios and SurveyMonkey found that all three of the major social media companies — Facebook, Twitter and Google, which shares a parent company with YouTube — are significantly less popular with Americans than they were five months ago.”

The Strangest Thing about the Christian Faith

Denny Burk: “The strangest thing about the Christian faith is not our views on sexuality or politics. Those things are not even our most controversial of claims. The strangest thing about us is what the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.”

Creeds, Confessions, Catechisms, and Covenants in Corporate Worship

I’m glad to see, read, and recommend this one: “Why should Baptist churches use the historic, ecumenical, orthodox creeds in corporate worship? These creeds provide biblically faithful and understandable defenses and explanations of the Trinity, the hypostatic union of Christ, and other central tenets of the Christian faith.”

The Symphony of the Seas

I’ve never been on a cruise and have no plans to do so, but still enjoyed this article on the largest cruise ship ever built.

Flashback: We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Pastors

When it comes to our physical health, we’re more honest with our phones than our doctors. But this transparency goes beyond medicine. It extends to our souls.

Unless we deny our own will, we shall never do God’s will.

—Thomas Watson

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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.

  • 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.