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A La Carte (February 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a big selection from Zondervan, many of them heavy on theology.

(Yesterday on the blog: What’s Wrong with Christian Dating)

David Platt Is ready To Leave IMB

This article from CT explains why David Platt has decided to step down from his role at IMB.

The One Person Who Can’t Be Themselves in Our Culture

“In this age when everyone is allowed to be themselves to the fullest extent imaginable, there’s one person who constantly doesn’t get that opportunity…”

Repenting of Confirmation Bias Christianity

Jared Wilson: “The reason we fall into confirmation bias politically is not essentially a political problem. It is a human problem, which is to say, it is a sin problem — which is to say, it is a problem of self-interest and self-worship.”

How Overnight Shipping Works (Video)

Overnight shipping is an incredible feat of logistics. Here’s how it works.

80 Years Ago Today: The Conversion of John Stott

I guess it’s now 80 years ago yesterday. “I went to church, read my Bible, had high ideals, and tried to be good and do good. But all the time, often without realising it, I was holding Christ at arm’s length, and keeping him outside.”

Loving My Heroes

This is a powerful tribute for Valentine’s Day.

Flattery vs Encouragement

“There’s a fine line between words that flatter and words that encourage—so fine, in fact, that the words used might be identical.” So how do you tell the two apart?

Flashback: There Is No Cyberspace

The word “cyberspace” and the idea behind it make us believe that when we go online, we actually go somewhere.

When a little thing pushes your buttons, it says something big about the buttons inside you.

—David Powlison

  • 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?…