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A La Carte (April 4)

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God’s Pursuit of a Bank Robber – Shon Hopwood: “It didn’t take a moment of genius introspection to realize that doing life my way had led to nothing but disaster and destruction. It was the summer of 2009, and I had just completed an almost 11-year sentence in federal prison for my role in five bank robberies I had committed as a foolish young man.”

World Vision’s Flawed Vision – Jesse Johnson says “last weeks gay-marriage flop-flip with World Vision did not come out of left field. But this was a schism that was a long time coming, and illustrates a profound danger inherent in mercy ministries that are not built upon a theological foundation.”

6 Lessons in Good Listening – “Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest.” Yup. Here are some good tips on doing it better.

Till Conscious Uncoupling do us Part – Mary Kassian takes on the new term “conscious uncoupling” which is Newspeak for “divorce.”

Logos March Madness – Logos users will want to check out their March Madness sale where you can get 75% off books by D.A. Carson. There are lots of other good deals. All readers will want to consider Kevin DeYoung’s new book Taking God at His Word which is on sale at Westminster Books.

Noah: A No Holds Barred Review – If you want to know what the Noah movie is really all about, here’s a long, no holds barred review.

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If you will bear the cross, it will bear you.

—Robert Murray M’Cheyne

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.