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A La Carte (August 2)

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(Yesterday on the blog: What Is the Bible, Anyway?)

The Tragic Consequences of the IVF Industry

Christians need to think very clearly about IVF. “As soon as you create new human beings with someone, you are their parent, whether you freeze those children and put them into storage, give them to researchers for experimentation, or enable them to be born. Please, I am begging you, do not contribute to this cavalier treatment of human beings—of your own children.”

Moving Beyond One-Dimensional Sermon Applications

Here’s one for the preachers. “Let’s just get it out there. Preaching is hard. In the midst of all the disputes over preaching, this fact remains undisputed. Yes, preaching is wonderful and exhilarating. But, it is also exhausting, frustrating, and difficult. Whether a person has preached one time, or a hundred times, they know this. Why is that? What makes preaching so hard?”

Baptists Don’t Re-Baptize

Mike Leake clarifies why, at their best, Baptists don’t consider themselves re-baptizers.

Church Leaders, Prepare your People for Persecution

This is a very good and very important read from Australia. “Once a government presumes to grant religious freedom, the government can take away religious freedom.” And eventually will.

Essential Latin for Reformed Christians: “Coram Deo”

“I don’t remember the exact book, talk, or sermon anymore, but I’m quite sure I first heard the expression ‘coram Deo’ from R.C. Sproul. It means ‘before the face of God.’ It’s an expression I don’t hear too often, but the idea should certainly be well-established in the hearts and minds of all believers.”

A Devotional on Jesus’ Selection of the Twelve

In Mark’s account of the choosing of the 12 (Mark 3:13-19), Jesus goes up on the mountain and then selects men whom He Himself wanted to serve with Him. Drawing from the text, here are four application points to consider devotionally…

How Africa is Becoming China’s China (Video)

This is an interesting look at how and why China has such great influence in much of Africa right now (or, in other words, how Africa has become China’s China).

Flashback: Do Not Envy the Wicked

We can envy the freedom of the wicked who get to do whatever they want to do, who are ultimately accountable to no higher authority than themselves. We can bemoan the many opportunities we have to decline, the many offers we have to refuse. We can forget that “for freedom Christ has set us free.”

True holy war in human history has ceased because Jesus has fought its last episode on the cross.

—Karen Jobes

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.