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A La Carte (April 5)

9 Things You Need to Know about Backpage.com and Sex Trafficking

This is awful but important. “Many assume sex trafficking is restricted to the darkest corners of the Internet. The online classified ad company ‘Backpage,’ however, has become the Walmart of sex trafficking and prostitution. For a modest fee, traffickers can post sex ads of women and children they control with force or fraud.”

Why Porn Kills Sex

On a similar note, Russell Moore looks at the recent edition of TIME, which has a cover story on porn, and talks about why pornography is so destructive to healthy sexuality.

My Pastor Uses Pre-Made Sermons

This is surprisingly common today. John Piper tells why it’s a bad idea.

Methuselah’s Age and the Patience of God

I enjoyed Nathan Busenitz’s reflection on the man who lived the longest.

5 Ways To Wound Immature Believers

“Making fun of immature Christians has turned into quite the lucrative market. The more mature Christians among us seem to have discovered this, as more and more spoof sites are cropping up.” Hmm…

This Day in 1524. 492 years ago today, “Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli marries Anna Reinhart for the second time—this time in public.” *

The Institute for Expository Preaching

Steve Lawson is leading one of his institutes for expository preaching here in Toronto. You can get details at the link.

Facing A Task Unfinished

“On February 21st, 2016, Getty Music in partnership with OMF International led an estimated 1.1 million believers together across 100 countries for an unparalleled ‘Global Hymn Sing’ featuring the hymn ‘Facing a Task Unfinished.’” Between you and me, I think the hymn was oversold a bit as “the greatest missions hymn ever,” but it is still really amazing to see how many people sang it!

Explainer: The Lexi Page Case

Joe Carter explains the Lexi Page case which you may have heard of via social media.

Barrett

An evangelicalism with no boundaries will inevitably result in an evangelicalism with no orthodoxy.

—Matthew Barrett

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…