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A La Carte (February 16)

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Sam Allberry on the Life-Giving Message of Jesus

You’ll want to cheer for Sam Allberry after hearing him here at the Church of England synod.

Eat, Pray, Lent

Here’s what American abstain from during Lent. Also, don’t observe Lent—you’re a Protestant, silly!

12 Trillion Locusts

In one year, 12 trillion locusts devastated the Great Plains—and then they went extinct.

The Evil of Sin

“Deeper repentance is the shortest and most sure path to greater love for Jesus.” Here Jared Olivetti reflects on two ways he’s seen the evil of sin.

When Ministry Is Unglamorous

And if often is, isn’t it? “We need to die to ourselves daily, completely, which includes dying to our dreams of what it will look like to serve God, both now and in the future.”

Alpine Adventure (Video)

This is a short but beautiful video of the Alps.

Rio 1558

Read or listen to what happened in Rio in 1558. “In 1555, a French colony was established in what is now Rio de Janeiro. Then it was simply known as the Guanabara Bay. That original French colony had a number of Huguenots and other Frenchmen committed to the Reformation. The colony was originally open to them, but then it became entrenched in Roman Catholicism and expelled the Huguenots.”

Expositional Imposters

This is a good look at how well-intentioned sermons can go wrong in subtle ways. “Each of these pitfalls either doesn’t correctly make the message of the passage the message of the sermon, or doesn’t make it a message to that congregation at all.”

Flashback: How To Be Conformed to the World

There are two ways to become conformed to this world—we can actively pursue the world and worldliness or we can simply be passive and allow the world a slow but steady eroding influence.

God is more willing to save sinners than sinners are to be saved.

— J.C. Ryle

  • 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?…