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A La Carte (February 23)


The God of love and peace be with you today.

Logos users will want to take a look at this sale on volumes in the excellent NIC series.

If you’re interested in getting to know the Puritans a bit better, Westminster Books has a nice collection on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: Ask Me Anything (Communion as a Guest, Lent, Egalitarianism, Eschatology, etc))

Is the Earliest, Most Complete Hebrew Bible Going on Auction?

A rare manuscript is being auctioned and some of the claims about it need to be scrutinized. “Sadly, looking at anything through the lens of a dollar sign can distort one’s vision of reality. Perhaps that is happening here. At any rate, what is certain is that a veritable dust cloud of exaggerations and half-truths are flying around in the press coverage of the imminent sale of Codex Sassoon. I would like to try and clear the air a little.”

Southern Baptist Convention Disfellowships Saddleback Church

This is a big deal. “One of the country’s biggest and best-known megachurches, Saddleback Church, is no longer a part of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) after bringing on a female teaching pastor last year.”

How Should We Handle Outrage?

“This is a difficult time. Evil is called good, while good is called evil. Objective truth is disdained. Feelings are divinized. God is mocked.” Amy Hall considers how we should handle outrage at a time like this.

The FAQs: Anglican Communion Splits over ‘Blessing’ of Same-Sex Marriages

“Earlier this month, the Church of England’s national assembly voted to let priests bless same-sex marriages and civil partnerships. In response, the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA) issued a statement announcing that this schismatic and unbiblical action meant the Church of England had broken communion with the more faithful provinces within the Anglican Communion.” Joe Carter explains in one of his FAQs. (See also: Which Way, Anglicans? Global South Responds to Church of England Blessing Same-Sex Marriages.)

The Lost Art of Handing Out Gospel Tracts

“I still get scared. It’s still awkward almost every time. And yet, I continue to feel compelled, even privileged, to do this uncomfortable, scary work of handing out tracts. If you’ve been terrified to share the gospel or have hesitated to use tracts to do so, here are a few reasons that may cause you to reconsider.”

What is Reformed Theology?

Ligon Duncan provides a brief introduction to Reformed theology in this short video.

Flashback: When We Go Unnourished

…if you, my friend, fail to nourish your soul, you have no cause to be surprised when your soul feels dry, when your faith feels parched, when you seem only to whither and fade.

All things as they move toward God are beautiful, and they are ugly as they move away from Him.

—A.W. Tozer

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    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?…