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A La Carte (August 11)

Even while I’m not as active on the blog this week as I usually am, the Kindle Deals for Christians page continues to be updated. You can check it out here.

All of Us Sinners, None of Us Freaks

“It is a wonderful and mysterious thing to be a creature made by Another. Yet being a creature is also frightening and dangerous. Because we cannot mute the Creator’s pattern for gender, gender becomes a battleground in the war between the Creator’s will and his creature’s rebellious desires.”

Holding Out for the Good News

This is the time of year that many Bible plans bring readers to the prophetic books. So perhaps this encouragement is in order.

What Is a Superfood?

Basically there’s no such thing and it’s all a marketing gimmick to get you to buy things you otherwise wouldn’t eat.


“What’s called the ‘most influential book of the nineteenth century’ is the result of a debate between two military leaders. It happened on a train ride to Indianapolis on a late summer day in 1876. Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll, whose nickname was ‘The Great Agnostic,’ bumped into author General Lew Wallace. The two spent the trip debating religion.”

This Day in 1778. 228 years ago today, clergyman and hymn-writer, Augustus Montague Toplady, died at age 37. He wrote the beloved hymn “Rock of Ages.” *

Amish Children Are Immune to Asthma

Strange but true: “After a barrage of blood tests, air samples and genetic surveys to find out why Amish children are strangely immune to asthma, an international team of medical researchers has finally hit upon the solution: The Amish are all fortified by cow dust.”

Flashback: An Introverted Christian

I have no right to crave introverted solitude. Rather, the gospel compels me to deny even that trait and all its desires in order to serve other people. I am introverted, but this does not give me a different calling in life than the gregarious Christian.


Kings do not make history. Kings serve history.

—John Mahaffey

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    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.

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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?…