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A La Carte (April 5)


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When Physical Intimacy is Hard

“The world tells us that to attain sexual fulfillment we need to have varied and numerous sexual experiences. Instead, we need to recognize that God created and gifted us with sex for enjoyment and procreation in the context of marriage between one man and one woman. The Bible never promises sexual fulfillment and God doesn’t guarantee us complete sexual satisfaction. Sex can’t satisfy our souls, and even marital sex can’t fully satisfy our broken sexual desires.”

Have We Lost Our Africanness? (Video)

Ken Mbugua tackles some important questions for Christians in Africa—and faces up to some basic truths.

Around the World in 105 Cows

This is strange but charming (and offers some great photos).

Growing Teenage Depression Calls for Response from the Church

Facts & Trends reports on a concerning trend. “With ‘pump-it-up’ worship music and constant smiling faces, it’s an issue that can sometimes feel ignored or unimportant in some churches, says Nashville-area youth pastor Josh Hussung. But it’s an issue that, today more than ever, teenagers are concerned about. It the issue of anxiety and depression.”

5 Mistakes to Avoid in Ministering to the Sexually Abused

There is some wise and experienced counsel here. “Ministering to men and women who are victims of sexual abuse can be tricky; there are several common mistakes that people in the Church make. By being aware of these pitfalls, you can be better prepared the next time an incident arises within your church.”

Why Google+ Failed

Here’s a look at why Google+ failed (posted to coincide with the day it is shut down for good, to the surprise and regret of none who used it).

The Last Survivor of the Last Ever Slave Ship

The National Post reports: “She was captured at about the age of 12 in West Africa and forced aboard the Clotilda, the last slave vessel to arrive in the United States in 1860.”

Flashback: Watch for Temptation

One of the means God uses to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ is temptation. Though we must never seek or desire it, still we have the confidence that God redeems the crucible of temptation to refine his people, to remove their sin, and to instill his righteousness within them.

Memorizing Scripture strengthens your faith because it repeatedly reinforces the truth, often just when you need to hear it again.

—Donald Whitney

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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.