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A La Carte (February 10)

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Good morning! Grace and peace to you.

Westminster Books has a heavy-duty new set of books on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: The God Who Counts the Cost)

Music And Lyrics

“The world is a symphony: exquisite and detailed and beautiful. But for all of its music, there is one thing that the world cannot supply on its own. The world has music—but it doesn’t have lyrics. That’s where we come in.”

Coming Home (Video)

You’ll enjoy this catchy new song from Drew & Ellie Holcomb.

Redemptive Force

Those who preach may appreciate the terminology of “redemptive force” that Peter Mead uses here.

What About the “Lost” Books of the Bible?

“In modern studies of the NT canon, there is a lot of discussion (maybe even obsession!) with so-called ‘lost’ books of the Bible.” Michael Kruger explains why they may not be quite as lost as we are so often told.

High Schoolers Can Be Church Members, Too

“Student ministries like other age-based ministries tend to help students value Jesus but fail when it comes to helping students value the local church.” This article is meant to address that failure.

Adversity Anniversaries

Aimee Joseph: “It does not surprise me that calendars don’t include ‘Adversity Anniversary’ among their Hair Appointment and Birthday reminder stickers, as there is not much cute or marketable about remembering devastating days.”

Flashback: Should Young Pastors Prefer a Large or Small Church?

Are you willing to minister in obscurity where you can come to know what it is to pastor precious souls, where you can lay a firm foundation of knowledge and skill, where you can finish the preparation that seminary merely began?

If a man is ready and prepared to die, sudden death is in effect no death, but a quick and speedy entrance to eternal life.

—William Perkins

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • 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.