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A La Carte (April 3)


I am probably not the only one succumbing to necessity and beginning to search YouTube for “how to cut your own hair.” The government has warned it could be a long time before non-essential businesses like barbers are allowed to open again…

Today’s Kindle deals include some really good options, including D.A. Carson’s The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, a massive book that is usually very expensive.

Reformation Heritage Books has a good deal on my new book and documentary: Book, DVD, combo.

(Yesterday on the blog: Watch a Free Episode of “Epic”)

Fighting the Temptations of Successful Leadership

Any leader is prone to the temptations that come with success. “Other battles in life might grow easier, and other realities of age let you slow down. But not the fight for humility. If you would presume to continue leading a church or other ministry over decades, your fight must not slacken, but increase. Don’t be like David or his son Solomon. Both were godly and talented men. But both grew complacent with age, to the hurt of their nation.”

7 Ways Our World Has Changed, But God Hasn’t

Even when so much has changed, the most important things remain constant.

Family-friendly options for Lockdown Screentime

A new streaming service, Redeem TV, has been launched to help families make the best use of their lockdown screentime. If you are like me, you have found that being home with kids 24 hours a day results in the need for some entertaining, challenging, and encouraging content for TV time. (SPONSORED LINK)

Yes, We Really Are Living in the Last Days

Justin Taylor explains how and why we are living in the last days.

What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage

Someone has finally written an explanation for the toilet paper shortage, and one that really makes sense. It turns out hoarding isn’t to blame. There’s a far simpler explanation…

Leading through COVID-19

Southern Seminary has put together a series of brief videos to equip church leaders as they lead through this unique time.

Pastors, There’s Never Been a Better Time to Pick Up the Phone

Speaking of church leaders, I think Steven Kryger is right when he tells pastors that there’s never been a better time to pick up the phone.

Where Is The Covid-19 MasterClass?

Like Anne Kennedy, I’ve been getting MasterClass advertisements constantly sent my way. “It’s an interesting mashup—on one hand, a proliferation of Masterclass offerings (which I will get to in just a moment) and also several memes in other places about how one of the worst parts of about the covid-19 war is that no one wants to trust coronavirus experts. What do they know? Are they even on Instagram or anything?”

Flashback: If I Wrote the Bible…

Looking at the Bible God has given us, and considering how I would write my own, makes something clear: No human would ever write the Bible. Not this Bible.

In Genesis 15, God walks through the pieces to show that he would rather die than break his word. In Jesus Christ, God walks the lonely path to the cross where he will die in order to keep his word.

—Trevor Laurence

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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…