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A La Carte (February 24)

It’s slim pickings todays for Kindle deals—just two biographies.

Killed for Christ in the Amazon (Video)

Here, from the BBC, is a telling of the story of the five missionaries who were killed by the Huaorani tribesmen.

Family Christian Stores Closing

“More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—one of the largest Christian retailers in the United States—announced it is closing all of its stores.”

The Typographical Reformation

It seems fitting to put this article next—Timothy George’s on the printing press and its impact on the Reformation.

Change the Question

Melinda Penner points out that “when confronted with direct questions about what the Bible teaches about sex, you probably need to answer a somewhat different question to give a good answer.”

What Happens When It Doesn’t Go Our Way?

Pete Stewart reflects on what happens when things just don’t go our way. This one may be especially encouraging for church planters.

Keep Learning to Lead

Gavin Ortlund: “Leadership is hard. I rank it up there with pain, parenting, and preaching as one of those things in life that we never fully master, but only hope to keep learning over a lifetime.”

Fight to Attend Your Church Weekly!

Yup. It can be a fight, but it’s definitely worth the fight.

Robust Confessionalism

“Should a church use a confession of faith? If so, how robust should that confession be?” Tom Ascol takes a stab at an answer.

Flashback: The Spiritual Disease Ravaging Our World

We are incredibly, unbelievably, divinely blessed. And yet, many of us can identify that this wealth brings with it a kind of illness, a spiritual malaise that some have labeled “affluenza.” Are we sick with affluenza?

Pastors, parents, worship leaders: Are you teaching any songs that can be sung acapella around a hospital bed in 50 years?

—Kevin DeYoung

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    A La Carte: The wedding of the century / Why grieving people need a theology of giving / God desires your happiness / Sincere love and hospitality in the church / Real life is a better teacher than social media / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (MBTS)

    This week Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the Church Institute is a free online platform from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to provide free and accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify local churches. Courses may be taken as a self-paced individual or as a group within your…

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    A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    God’s design for gender and sexuality is fixed and unchanging. The way he created us is the way he means for us to live. The instruction he provides in the Bible is all we need to understand his purpose and live it out in a way that honors and pleases him. The wisdom he provides…

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    A La Carte (July 19)

    A La Carte: When you can’t forgive yourself after an abortion / Ancient Corinth, Judge Judy, and litigious Christians / Trusting the giver of good / The renovation of a soul / Life after Doom (by Brian McLaren) / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 18)

    A La Carte: Does Christian sex need rescuing? / 15 resolves for interpersonal conflicts / How senior pastors can help associate pastors / it’s okay to be okay / Don’t be proud of what you had no say in / How sweet! / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Protecting the Family Name

    Protecting the Family Name

    It is a conversation I had with my son-in-law while he was pursuing my daughter and expressing his interest in marrying her. It is a conversation I will need to have with a second son-in-law if the day comes when he expresses his interest in marrying my other daughter. It is a conversation about the…