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A La Carte (February 11)


Good morning! May you experience the grace and peace of the Lord today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a selection of titles from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Should Young Pastors Prefer a Large or Small Church?)

How Long to Prepare a Sermon?

How long should you take to prepare a sermon? That depends a whole lot on a number of factors, as Peter Mead explains here.

Black Lives Certainly Mattered to Abraham Lincoln

You probably heard about the San Francisco Unified School District voting to rename Abraham Lincoln High School because “Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building.” I was glad (and, frankly, a little surprised) to see this strong article from Smithsonian countering that claim.

You’ll never think about blinking the same way again…

Gender Neutrality Goes to Washington

CBMW writes about the absurdity of gender neutrality. “At some point in the past decade, the battle of the sexes seems to have given way to a war on the sexes.”

Back of the Line

This is some helpful writing from WORLD as they cover the difference between vaccination plans in the developed and developing worlds.

The Onliest Way

Glenna Marshall: “I get stuck sometimes when I talk about Jesus to people who don’t know Him. Well, let me back that up a little and be frank. I get stuck sometimes when I think about talking about Jesus to people who don’t know Him. When I’m standing on the sidewalk in front of my house and talking to a new neighbor, when I’m in the grocery store catching up with the clerk who always asks about my boys, when I’m talking about the weather or quirky coffee orders with the barista—what I’m always thinking in the back of my mind is this: get to Jesus. Not out of duty but because I have been so completely transformed by Him.”

The Electric Vehicle Charging Problem (Video)

I’m one of those people who quite likes the idea of an electric vehicle, but who can’t overcome the charging problem. As it happens, that’s currently the biggest issue with EVs, as this video explains.

Flashback: The Character of the Christian: Hospitable

An open home displays Christian love but it also enables it. Hospitality creates opportunities for relationship, for discipleship, and for evangelism.

The thought that we have done our duty for another day and have pleased God ought to be like soothing balm to our sore and tired feet at the end of the day.

—J.R. Miller

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    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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    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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    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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