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A La Carte (February 21)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of Bibles and a commentary. The search continues!

5 Best Practices for Preventing Sex Abuse in Your Church

“This article offers five ways to help your church avoid being added to a growing list of churches that had their heads in the sand, thinking such a thing would never happen to them.” Please read this article or one of the many like it. And please take the precautions outlined.

What is a Biblical Counselor?

Here’s a good perspective on biblical counseling and counselors. “Is the counselor anchored to the Word? Are they attune to the Holy Spirit and yielded to the Father? Do they live with biblical perspective? Has their own life been one of humble alignment to the Scripture? Is their commitment in counseling an avenue to love God and others? Have they been open to correction or receptive to their views being challenged? Can they discerningly engage resources, tools, methods of care in a way that aligns with Scripture?”

What the Jussie Smollett Story Reveals

This interesting reflection on victimhood is worth reading. “Smollett doesn’t need the money he would get from a court settlement, and he isn’t trying to deny someone higher office. So why in the world would he fake something like that attack—if he did indeed fake it? The reason might be that he has come of age in an era when nothing he could have done or said would have made him look more interesting than being attacked on the basis of his color and sexual orientation.”

How Hong Kong Changed Countries (Video)

How did Hong Kong change countries? This video explains.

Pastor, You are Dispensable

“When we begin to imagine that without us this ministry or church would no longer function let alone flourish one thing is certain: we have developed far too high a view of ourselves. A second thing may also be true: we have created an unhealthy, not to mention unbiblical, ministry structure or strategy that makes us appear not only integral but indispensable. But God does not need us.”

The First Mexican Protestant Loved the Bible

What an interesting article! “For centuries, the Catholic church was the only religious presence in the Spanish colonies. In the British colonies, which soon became the United States, Protestant leaders prioritized evangelizing settlers, assuming their work would prove futile among Mexicans. In fact, it took nearly 100 years after the founding of the US for Protestantism to gain its first convert and a foothold in what is now New Mexico.”

Christianity Today Appoints Timothy Dalrymple as New President and CEO

We should probably be praying for Timothy Dalrymple as he takes over as CEO of Christianity Today. CT remains an important publication and he will now be leading it into the future.

Flashback: Deadly Doctrines: Facing Evil Like Snakes and Doves

Satan has opposed the church since the day of its founding, and he will continue to oppose her until the day of his destruction.

The worst possible heritage to leave with children: high spiritual pretensions and low performance.

—D.A. Carson

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