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A La Carte (February 3)


Good morning! Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent The Whole Christ.

(Yesterday on the blog: Our Hearts and Minds Turned Outward)

What Is Dispensationalism?

This is a helpful little introduction to dispensationalism courtesy of Keith Mathison. “Dispensationalist theology is perhaps best known for its distinctive eschatological doctrines, particularly the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. According to this doctrine…”

Every Corner Is Crowded

Isn’t this an interesting thought: “Can you imagine knowing the true and full history of even one single spot on this wide world of ours?”

Who Got it Wrong? Was There One Or Two Demoniacs Delivered?

George Sinclair: “The average Canadian does not read the Bible often—if at all. But they do know what ‘everyone knows’ that the Bible is full of contradictions. To many Canadians, this is one of several reasons why you should not take the Bible seriously.”

Defending without Becoming Defensive

“There is a difference between winning an argument and winning a person.” STR offers some tips on defending the faith without becoming defensive (or offensive, for that).

How to Spot Political Manipulation and Give It No Quarter

Bruce Ashford: “In the political sphere, manipulation seems to be the soup du jour. One might even conclude that some political leaders have elevated the logical fallacy to the level of their own literary genre. Thus, it is important for us to be aware of the ways in which our hearts and minds can be ‘stolen’ by political manipulation. Here are twelve of the most common distortion techniques used by political leaders:”

The Rise of the Preacher-Influencer

To be honest, there isn’t a ton that’s original or of particular value in this article. However, I do think the idea of “preacher-influencer” is a valuable one to consider. “It was meant to be a sermon on the importance of having faith in God’s vision, even when that task seems difficult. An object lesson from the book of Mark, in which Jesus heals a blind man by spitting on his eyes. But it’s how Pastor Michael Todd brought this message home that made the sermon unforgettable…”

Flashback: Learn the Lesson of Aaron’s Oily Beard

I’ve always wondered, what does Aaron’s oily head, oily beard, and oily clothing have to do with unity? It’s probably not the metaphor I would turn to—in fact, it’s kind of repulsive to me—, yet it’s the one David used. Why?

Those who understand God’s sovereignty have joy even in the midst of suffering, a joy reflected on their very faces, for they see that their suffering is not without purpose.

—R.C. Sproul

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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 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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