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A La Carte (December 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few books covering a variety of publishers and genres. Enjoy sorting through!

This month’s free book from Christian Audio is Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves & Tim Chester. Also, Christian Audio is having their twice-yearly sale where most books are discounted all the way down to $7.49.

Logos users will want to grab their free book of the month, an excellent commentary from James Montgomery Boice. (Scroll down to get it.) Also check out all the other specials and giveaways.

The Loss of a Friend: A Tribute to Simon

Stacey Hare pens a stirring tribute to her friend Simon.

How do Fish Make Electricity? (Video)

How DO fish make electricity?

5 Reasons We Switched from Small Groups to Sunday School

Jim Davis writes, “This fall we did something that will seem crazy to many. We moved from a small group model to a Sunday school model. Most church-growth material over the past 20 years would advise against this move. We are a young, growing, contemporary church. Why would we make that change?”

Sip It, Don’t Dip It

“Should a church’s partaking of the bread and the cup in the Lord’s Supper keep the elements separate (eating and then drinking), or combine the elements by dipping the bread into the wine and then consuming both together?” I’m with him: Sip it, don’t dip it!

Why Is Parenting So Incredibly Hard?

“Our culture thinks of children as innocent and impressionable; blank slates awaiting the external influences of education and culture. The Bible says something very different: ‘Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him’ (Proverbs 22:15 ESV).”

Why Did Matthew Write His Gospel? Here Are 4 Possible Reasons

This is an interesting article on four of the possible reasons Matthew wrote his gospel.

Metaphors for a Minister of the Word

“How does the Bible describe a pastor? What are some of the figures of speech that the Spirit of God employs to describe this calling?” Even just studying the words tells you a lot about what God calls him to be. (Also, I’d like to see some biblical evidence to back up his first sentence; I hear that all the time, but don’t necessarily see it in Scripture.)

Flashback: 5 Ugly Qualities of the Anti-Elder

In the book of Titus, Paul writes to a young man and charges him to appoint elders in every church in Crete. He tells him what kind of man to look for and as he does this he gives a glimpse of the anti-elder, the kind of man who may seek the office but who is absolutely unsuited to it. Paul offers 5 anti-qualifications, 5 things an elder must not be.

I don’t struggle with prayer. I struggle with priorities.

—Nathan W. Bingham

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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?…