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A La Carte (February 20)

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Jesus is Coming! Quick, Look Busy.

I think Stephen is on to something here. “The busy habit at church is hard to break. It’s almost as if the wide empty space of not being too busy is a threat. We’re addicted to it, or fear that its absence will be filled with ‘something bad’.”

The Faith of George Washington

“No historical subject is more debated today than the role of faith in the American founding.” Indeed. Thomas Kidd writes about the perplexing faith of the first president.

Creation Debate (Video)

A couple of weeks ago Albert Mohler and Jack Collins debated this subject: Does Scripture Speak Definitively to the Age of the Universe. Here’s the video.

Why Monogamy? A Response to Polyamory

“From the outset, polyamory is a lie. Any love that refuses sexual exclusivity is no love at all. Rather, it is the rebranding of lust. It is the desire for both Eden and forbidden fruit.”

Stop Calling Everything a Bible Study

I’m with Jen Wilkin on this one. “As we have expanded our use of the term, we have decreased the number of actual Bible studies we offer. Churches have gradually shifted away from offering basic Bible study in favor of studies that are topical or devotional, adopting formats that more closely resemble a book club discussion than a class that teaches Scripture.”

Octopus vs Crab (Video)

One wins, one loses. But not the way you’d think.

‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ Turns 10

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra tells the story behind the much-loved Jesus Storybook Bible.

Church of England Takes a Step Toward Gay Marriage

This is important news from England: “Church of England clergy have appeared to signal support for gay marriage after they rejected a bishops’ report which said that only a man and woman could marry in church.”

Flashback: For You It’s Sin, for Me It’s Service

I’m no complainer! It’s just that I am especially gifted at seeing the facts, putting the pieces together, and charting a forward course. It’s a gift. When you do it you’re sinning, we all know that. But when I do it, I’m expressing love. It’s a spiritual gift in action.

As soon as we think God owes us mercy, we’re not thinking about mercy anymore.

—R.C. Sproul

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

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    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)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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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.