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A La Carte (December 16)

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Dear Church: I Dare You to Trust Your Bible This Year

This is good stuff from a friend who loves (and trusts) his Bible. “I fear for you, that you have listened to so many voices that you no longer trust yourself to hear your Lord’s voice. That, from fear of ignorance, you have relied on experts to mediate God’s words to you. That, from fear of getting it wrong, you have become addicted to being told what to do. “

Joseph Did You Know?

“Why was it necessary for Jesus to have an earthly father if He didn’t need a biological father? Isn’t it conceivable that Mary could have, with the help of family members, raised Jesus without a husband? It was necessary for Joseph to be Jesus’ adopted father” for a number of reasons…

When Should I Leave My Church?

I receive so many questions from people wondering whether it is time to leave their churches. I appreciate Josh’s take on it.

When Babylon Withdraws To Lick Its Wounds

Lately I’ve been enjoying Stephen McAlpline’s reflections on culture. “What do we do when Babylon withdraws to lick its wounds? For that is indeed what we are experiencing – a temporary halt of the post-Christian/anti-Christian framework within the Western setting, as populist politics in 2016 sweeps the progressive agenda aside.”

This Day in 1714. 302 years ago today George Whitefield, a well-known revivalist and evangelist of the American Great Awakening, was born in Gloucester, England. *

How High Can You Count on Your Fingers? (Video)

This video goes from helpful to fun to absurd. But it’s still enjoyable.

Top 10 Theology Stories of 2016

Collin Hansen rounds up his top 10 theology stories of 2016. “Consider my list an admittedly foolhardy attempt—written from the vantage point of an American who subscribes to The Gospel Coalition’s confessional statement—to discern the most important theology stories of 2016. And consider it an opportunity to reflect on whether your media consumption habits prompt fear and loathing of your neighbor or faith and love from God.”

9 Things You Should Know About Aleppo and the Syrian Crisis

Once again, Joe Carter has a roundup to give us some context to the news.

Do More Better: The Course

I recently traveled to Orlando to record a video-based course on productivity. You can now take the course through Ligonier Connect. It includes video components, exercises, and the complete text of the book.

Flashback: You Don’t Need a Date Night

This is definitely one of the most controversial things I’ve written! “I don’t buy it. I don’t buy the necessity of it. I don’t think you need a date night. I don’t think your marriage will necessarily suffer without it.”

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To the unregenerate, God’s will is inevitably unpleasant, simply because it is his will and not their will

—Sinclair Ferguson

  • 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 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?…