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A La Carte (February 19)

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(Yesterday on the blog: Go, Bear the Saviour’s Name…)

Will You Still Know Me?

This is a wonderful bit of writing.

Trying to Get our Morals Back

“In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and a whole pile of other celebrity accusations, it has been sadly fascinating watching the west trying to claw its way back to some form of morality.” People are searching for a new sexual morality that is completely unmoored from the One who gave us the gift of sexuality.

The Crime of Spiritual Abuse

It is clear that some people in positions of spiritual authority abuse their power. However, does this mean governments should create a category of crime called “spiritual abuse?” Some in the UK are proposing something like that, and this article tells why that may be troublesome.

Why Do Some Pastors Deliberately Avoid Teaching Their Church Doctrine?

Jim Elliff writes, “I have been involved in leading churches for four decades, with an emphasis on church planting in the last few years. I’ve also visited and addressed hundreds of churches around the world and have had the privilege of meeting thousands of Christian leaders. Through this time I’ve watched an unintentional doctrinal imprecision on the part of many pastors become intentional. In other words, I have witnessed a new “conventional wisdom” emerge. Simply stated it is the “wisdom” of attempting to circle in more people for our churches by unashamedly minimizing, or perhaps nearly eradicating, the restricting influences of doctrine. What pastors used to do (because of being poorly taught perhaps), they now do by intent, all for church growth.”

False Friends and Dead Words

“The biggest problem with KJV vocabulary is not actually the dead, obsolete words. When you run across emerod, you know you don’t know what it means, so you know when to pull out your dictionary. The biggest problem in understanding the KJV comes from “false friends,” words that are still in common use but have changed meaning in ways that modern readers are highly unlikely to recognize.”

Why is ‘Work’ a Bad Word?

It’s Monday today, so a good time to reflect on the nature of work.

10 Things You Should Know about B. B. Warfield

Here are 10 facts about B.B. Warfield you may not know.

Flashback: She Who Shall Not Be Named

We had already been introduced to her as Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, but now after the consummation of the act she is only “the woman.” She has become only “she who shall not be named.”

No matter how dark our past, though black as midnight, when the God’s grace shines into our souls, it dispels all darkness.

—Steven Lawson

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.