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A La Carte (December 2)

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Should You Preach from a Full Manuscript?

Michael Kruger, president of RTS Charlotte, provides a helpful answer. He distinguishes between writing a manuscript and then reading from it.

Nurturing Theologically Rich Women’s Initiatives

Aimee Byrd puts out the call for theologically rich women’s initiatives and also recommends some resources.

You Just Need to Obey

Steve Lawson: “Far from being optional, grace-fueled obedience is absolutely necessary for Christlikeness. Is there any need to pray about whether or not to obey God’s Word? You just need to obey.”

The Book of Deuteronomy

The Bible Project continues with their series of videos on each book of the Bible.

Calm a Crying Baby

I sure wish I had known about this back when we had babies! Maybe he’s got a similar technique for emotional teenagers.

This Day in 1837. 178 years ago today, Dr. Joseph Bell, British physician, was born. He was the prototype of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes. *

The CEO Paying Everyone $70,000 Salaries Has Something to Hide

This is an interesting update on a man who was much in the news this year.

Creation Chronology in 1 Corinthians 11

I appreciate Jim Witteveen’s work in this article. “It has been argued that the Genesis account of creation was not meant to be a chronological account of God’s work of creating the universe.” He takes issue with this.

The Harmony of Fall

This video displays some of the beauty of the most beautiful season of the year.


Spiritual awakenings today are not televised, stadium-housed events.

—Tim Keesee

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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