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A La Carte (December 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include picks by D.A. Carson, C.S. Lewis, and several others. There are some good choices there.

I’ve often mentioned the Circle device for protecting your family online (my review). They’ve just updated the app with some excellent features that extend the functionality. Here are details on version 1.4.

Why My First Church Hire Was A Woman, And Yours Should Be Too

After visiting Niddrie Community Church and 20schemes in Edinburgh, I asked Mez McConnell to write this article and tell why he believes a church should (often) hire a woman as its first hire after the lead pastor.

Five Myths About the Ancient Heresy of Gnosticism

Gnosticism is the heresy that never dies. Michael Kruger address 5 common myths about it.

The Too Visible Church

Now here’s an interesting question: Can the visible church sometimes be too visible?

The Neuroscience of Imagination (Video)

“Imagine, for a second, a duck teaching a French class. A ping-pong match in orbit around a black hole. A dolphin balancing a pineapple. You probably haven’t actually seen any of these things. But you could imagine them instantly. How does your brain produce an image of something you’ve never seen? Andrey Vyshedskiy details the neuroscience of imagination.”

Healthy Churches Around the World

9Marks just released an entire series of articles talking about the state of the church in countries around the world. Use these articles to inform your prayers!

10 Things You should Know about God’s Omnipresence

Sam Storms continues his excellent “10 Things” series. There is probably lots you don’t know about God’s omnipresence!

This Day in 1823. 193 years ago today Anglican clergyman William W. How was born. How was known for his work among the poor in East London. He also wrote 50 hymns, including “For All the Saints” one of my absolute favorite hymns (especially this Indelible Grace version). *

Why Didn’t God Send Jesus Right After Adam and Eve Sinned?

Randy Alcorn takes a shot at answering a tricky question.

How Far Away Can You Get From Everybody Else? (Video)

Here’s the kind of question introverts ask.

Wondering if You’re the Next Pastor to Fall

Dave Harvey: “The plunge of any pastor represents the potential for every pastor. As we open the letter to read the news, we must accept the invitation to look at ourselves (1 Cor. 10 12). We must answer the offer to think. And if you’re a lead pastor, you must think hard, as if the future of your family and your church depends upon the outcome. After all, it might.”

Flashback: Evernote Owns Me

Evernote owns me. Evernote knows things about me that I myself have long since forgotten. Evernote is my external brain, my electronic memory. It is one of the best parts of living in a digital age and has quickly become one of my most indispensable electronic tools.

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Hospitals discharge many cases as incurable. But there are no incurable cases under the gospel.

—J.C. Ryle

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.