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A La Carte (January 25)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books to check out. The first two are titles I’ve rarely, if ever, seen on sale before.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Guided Tour to 2017’s Bestselling Christian Books)

Also, over on Facebook I posted a quick video showing how to make sure that, with Facebook’s coming changes, you continue to see the updates that interest you. View it here.

Nassar Victim Rachael Denhollander Speaks Out (Video)

Rachel Denhollander was one of the victims of Larry Nassar. Watch this video to see her preaching the gospel to him (fast forward to around 27:00). If you choose to listen to the whole video, be aware the first half does have some graphic detail about her assaults.

5 Things the Church Does That Enable Abuse

“To be fair, any problem we encounter in our culture we’re going to encounter in our churches as well. The church isn’t a magical bubble that keeps ‘good people’ in and ‘bad people’ out. It’s a group of broken, imperfect people being honest about that fact and finding grace, mercy, and forgiveness.” So, how do we make churches safer for everyone?

Don’t be Scared of Lame Evangelism

“John Piper famously reminded us that we are not professionals. We are ordinary people whose lives have been transformed by Jesus Christ. We are called to share that same message with others. That may at times look a bit ropey, unprofessional and – yes – a bit lame. But the power of God isn’t confined to leaflets and presentations, it isn’t bound up in methodology, it is intrinsic to the gospel itself. All too often, we shy away from our lame modes of evangelism, not because we think it dishonours the Lord and doesn’t commend him, but because we do not really believe the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. We assume too much of our techniques and approach and think too little of the gospel itself.” Indeed.

Start Planning Your Own Funeral

It does us good to think about death and, in that way, to consider our own funerals.

The Demographics of Others

“We can all benefit from knowing a little more about others who aren’t like us (or who are), no matter how small the tidbits. In the graphic below, select sex, age group, and race to see the demographics of others. The percentages are based on estimates from the 2016 American Community Survey. Each grid represents 100 percent, and each cell represents a percentage point. Where you do you fit in this picture?”

Does the Bible Endorse Slavery? (Video)

Does the Bible endorse slavery? Dr. Matthew Hall provides a really good answer in Southern Seminary’s Honest Answers.

10 Things You Should Know about the Moral Influence and Example Theories of the Atonement

Sam Storms: “Subjective theories of the atonement are those which envision the focus or aim of Christ’s sufferings to be the human soul rather than God himself. This model is referred to either as the moral influence theory or the example theory.”

Flashback: The Techniques of a Sexual Predator

“If a predator is roaming around your church, he is probably not a stranger to you. More than likely, he is someone whom you already know, like, and do not see as a threat to your children.”

When you pray, four persons are involved. The Father listens. The Spirit helps and the Son intercedes. A Christian never prays alone.

—Colin Smith

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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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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