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A La Carte (April 7)

Forgetting the Past

Ed Welch: “Scripture does help us with our painful pasts, but it does more than that. It tells us to forget things we want to remember, and remember things we are likely to forget.”

I.O.U.

Darryl Dash looks at evangelism as a debt we owe to others. “Paul says that he’s under obligation to pretty much everyone. The word he uses implies debt. Interesting. How does Paul owe a debt that brings him under obligation to others?”

From Peddling Dope to Pleasing Jesus

In WORLD magazine a “drug-dealer-turned-pastor reflects on a life of miracles bestowed to bring God glory.”

Is Your Church a Safe Place

“If you want your church to be a safe place for those with same sex attraction (SSA), then step one is to realize that we already have church members who experience it. Just like those who are dealing with any other struggle, we should thank God for bringing them to our churches, and ask God to help us serve them well.”

Preach the Word

A new issue of Credo is available. You can read it for free online or download it in PDF format. “In this issue of Credo Magazine we aim to help pastors and churchgoers alike recover a love for Bible-preaching.”

The Exaggerated Influence of ISIS

This video shows that, while ISIS is scary, their influence tends to be exaggerated.

This Day in 1884. 132 years ago today, English clergyman and Bible scholar C. H. Dodd was born. *

Elders and Deacons

This week’s deals at Westminster Books are related to church leadership and led by Bob Thune’s new book which has received many accolades.

Fighting Lust With Lust

Those earnestly fighting against sexual sin (or wanting to fight against sexual sin) may find help in this article.

Spurgeon

When we have to do a severe thing, let us choose the tenderest manner.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.