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A La Carte (April 6)

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Today’s Kindle deals include an Easter-related collection from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Christ Our Hope In Life and Death)

No Social Distance in Heaven

“It’s incredible how quickly we as individuals and as a society adapt to new social norms, or disparage those who don’t adapt quickly enough. It makes me wonder if the old norms for social interaction will ever return. I certainly hope they do…” Don’t we all!

4 Reflections after Listening to 18 Hours of Sermons in America’s Biggest Churches

This is a very interesting analysis of 36 sermons from across some of America’s biggest and most prominent churches. “The point of this project isn’t to poke fun at these churches or to indict their motivations. God alone knows the heart, and we are left simply to evaluate based on what’s observable. The point of this project is to provide a snapshot of what a large percentage of American church-goers might hear when they darken the doors of a church building on Sunday morning.”

Can Airbnb Survive Coronavirus?

“What will happen to home-sharing in the wake of coronavirus? It’s one of many questions about the fate of pre-pandemic sharing-economy juggernauts like Airbnb. That company and its competitors have transformed the market for travel accommodation in recent years, reshaping neighborhoods and whole cities in the process as short-term rentals swept through heavily touristed parts of the world. But with tourism on hold, national economies staggered, and public attitudes about shared space very much in question, the prospects for that industry are now murky.”

Is the Bible’s Teaching about Homosexuality Offensive?

The short answer is yes. In fact, the Bible’s teaching about many topics is offensive. “We are tempted to think that today’s sexual possibilities did not exist in the first century. But the repeated references to all sorts of sexual immorality in the New Testament remind us that the Judeo-Christian restrictions on sex were always countercultural.”

When Trusting God is Hard

Kimberly Wagner writes about those times when trusting God is hard. “Whether it’s young moms fearful for their children’s future or people afraid to leave their homes, we’re living in a world that’s sending out fear-producing shock waves. And right now, many of these fears are legitimate.”

10 Questions to Ask when Providing Pastoral Care by Phone or Video Chat

Don Whitney: “Circumstances sometimes limit pastors and other church leaders from ministering to people face-to-face. When this happens, we have to be even more diligent to ensure that none of God’s flock are neglected. Otherwise, the ‘out-of-sight, out-of-mind’ syndrome will likely lead to their spiritual decline, which in turn will make them less likely to return to church once their circumstances change. Moreover, a lengthy lack of pastoral care by true shepherds can also result in a growing susceptibility by church members to the smiles and wiles of false teachers who appear on their TV and computer screens.”

Free to Stream: The Biggest Story Animated Short Film

Crossway is offering free streaming access to Kevin DeYoung’s The Biggest Story.

Flashback: Why Medical Missions Is So Effective

For years under communism, the only place in north Mozambique where people could get a Bible was from our operating suite … No one with the government or hospital ever complained about all the evangelistic work—they were simply glad there was a trained surgeon in the community.

If men do not understand the law, they will not feel that they are sinners. And if they are not consciously sinners, they will never value the sin offering. There is no healing a man till the law has wounded him, no making him alive till the law has slain him.

—Charles Spurgeon

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

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