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A La Carte (February 7)

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The Danger of Christian Sluggishness

“You see, one of the things that trouble me about discussions of sermon length is the all-too-frequent assumption that it’s the preachers who need to change if people are switching off in sermons. Intuitively, that just doesn’t feel right to me.” Indeed.

Soap and Oprah

Carl Trueman comments on a new document: “If I were a traditional Roman Catholic, I would find this document depressing for its lack of any theology, its woefully inadequate argumentation, and, perhaps above all, for its callous pastoral implications.” (Also on the subject of Catholicism, here are the horrifying results of a study to find what percentage of Australia’s priests have been charged with abuse.)

Did Early Christians Believe That Jesus Would Return in Their Own Lifetime?

Did early Christians think Jesus would return in their lifetime? Are there implications to the canon of Scripture if they did? Michael Kruger answers.

The Public Reading of Scripture

I enjoyed this article in which Brian Tallman wrestles through the public reading of Scripture and how it applies to the worship of the local church.

Photobombing Jesus

Garrett Kell goes autobiographical here. “Most of us don’t consciously desire to steal glory from God. Because we love Him, we want Him to be magnified. But if we are honest, we hope that when people see Jesus as amazing, they see us just as amazing.”

This Day in 1817. 200 years ago today Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland. After escaping to freedom, Douglass became the most prominent black abolitionist and the first black person to hold high political office, as consul-general to the Republic of Haiti. *

The Desire or the Opportunity?

What comes first, the desire to sin or the opportunity? “The critical lesson is that if we crucify the desire, God will almost always shield us from the opportunity. And even if God may permit the devil to throw a spark of opportunity our way, there’s nothing in the heart that will easily catch fire.”

Solving a Sad Mystery

“British police spent months trying to identify a lost Alzheimer’s patient. The answer broke their hearts.”

Honor-Shame Conference

Those ministering in multi-ethnic contexts (like Toronto!) may find special value in this conference on honor and shame.

Flashback: Against Yous, Yous Only Have I Sinned

If this is true that sanctification and progress in spiritual growth are to the benefit of my brothers and sisters in Christ, it must also be true that sin and lack of spiritual growth are to the disadvantage of my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Hearts that are drawn together at God’s feet every day cannot get very far apart.

—J.R. Miller

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 20)

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.