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A La Carte (February 29)

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Grace and peace to you, my friends.

Today’s Kindle deals include a long list of discounts that are going to expire tomorrow. I especially recommend Thomas Schreiner’s Spiritual Gifts.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Freak of Nature (and Nurture))

Is It Ever Right to Lie? A God-Centered Approach

Is it ever right to lie? This article answers the question quite thoroughly.

Outside the Gospels, What Can We Really Know About Jesus?

This article discusses some of the evidence for Jesus that comes from outside the four gospels.

When the “Perfect!” Fit Isn’t

“There seems to be an awful lot of Perfect! going on these days, at least in my part of the world. I told my server at a restaurant that I wanted fries and steamed broccoli to go with my entree. ‘Perfect!’ he said. A nurse read off my blood pressure. ‘Perfect!’ again. When I offered 8:30 as a possible time for an appointment, I heard ‘Perfect!’ over the phone.”

An Open Letter to Christians Who Doubt

This is a compassionate letter to Christians who doubt. “Sometimes doubt comes upon me like a foreboding cold. I wonder if that was just a sneeze or am I coming down with something serious. The sniffles of doubt increase when I read of natural disasters that bring unfathomable suffering. Where was God during that hurricane? Other symptoms of wavering faith show up when famous Christians espouse heresy or reveal double lives of staggering immorality. I dare to ask, Does this Christianity stuff really work?

When a Baby Is a Disease

“Everyone knows that an unborn baby is a baby. Most would not go as far as the State of Alabama, with its ruling that frozen embryos are children, but certainly by the time a woman knows she is pregnant what is in her womb is clearly a baby.”

The Long View of Preaching

Wes provides encouraging evidence of why pastors need to take the long view of preaching.

Flashback: The Eternal Significance of a Single Little Word

I can’t help but wonder how that “nay” will sound before the throne, before the one who creates life, who loves life, who tells us to protect life. 

The intent of the cross of Christ was to bring you close more than make you good. He, indeed, will produce good in you, but through forgiveness of sins, you are his, and he is yours.

—Ed Welch

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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