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A La Carte (August 10)

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The One Role for a Woman in Church

Melissa writes to herself and other women in this excellent article: “What if, instead of obsessing over our place in the church, we simply set out to humble ourselves as much as possible? What if, dear sisters in our Lord Jesus, we opened clenched fists and opened our arms to those who need us, ministering in the beautiful, glorious ways that God has gifted us to minister?”

A Death in Yellowstone

This is a long and interesting look at what happens after a grizzly bear attacks a human in Yellowstone National Park.

More Than Sovereign

Adam McClendon writes about the difference between believing only in God’s sovereignty and believing in both his sovereignty and his goodness. It’s all the difference in the world.

This day in 1886: Joseph M. Scriven, author of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” died by drowning. Because of his history of grief and depression, many of his friends suspect he took his own life. (I especially enjoy Alan Jackson’s rendition of the hymn.)

Why You Get Carsick

Why do some people get carsick while others don’t? This article goes looking for answers. “Some people seemingly start to feel sick the instant they sit down in the passenger seat. If you’re one of them, a winding road, a fast-accelerating driver, or being in the back seat is enough to make you utterly nauseated.”

Where Do We Go From Ferguson?

It has been one year since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown. Writing for the Reformed African American Network, Jarvis Williams says ” it is good and right to ponder again the current state of race relations a year after the shooting and death of Brown.”

Don’t Know What a Fetus Is?

Justin Taylor quotes philosopher Peter Kreeft who argues that “either we do or do not know what a fetus is.” There really are not too many valid options.


Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

—Phillips Brooks

  • 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 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…