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A La Carte (January 29)

I arrived in Dublin on Saturday morning and have worked my way up to Belfast as I complete more research for my church history project. Today we are on the Amy Carmichael trail!

Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting books that are headlined by a discount on the ESV Student Study Bible.

(Yesterday on the blog: Headlines & Happenings (John Piper and Female Seminary Professors; Rachael Denhollander) )

The Price I Paid for Taking On Larry Nassar

Rachael Denhollander writes for the New York Times and tells of the steep price she paid for breaking her silence. She repeats her message, “Ask yourself: How much is a child worth?”

Things World Mission Can Learn From Home Mission

“Problems and tensions arise on the mission field when agencies do not respect the role of the church and either refuse to hand over to indigenous leadership or by appointing local leaders and then continually undermining them. For a seminary trained missionary with a collection of degrees in his pocket, it can be hard to hand over to local (comparatively untrained) leadership. But that’s exactly what Paul did and we need to learn to do it too.”

The 809 Objects Left on the Moon (Video)

NASA has left a surprising number of objects on the moon. Here’s a fun listing of some of them.

The Secret Small Churches Know Best

“Most Christian churches in America are small. In 2012, the National Congregations Study found that the median Sunday morning attendance for churches in the United States was 75 people. The study also found that 43% of American churches had fewer than 50 regular participants, 67% had fewer than 100 regular participants, and 87% had fewer than 250.” What is the secret they know best?

6 Lessons from Pride and Prejudice

If anyone has read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, here are six lessons that can be learned from the book. Yes, the book.

The Deal

This tongue-in-cheek list for people complaining about their current church speaks some important truths. Honestly, I can’t even tell you how often this happens in the course of church life.

Does ‘Turn the Other Cheek’ Mean ‘Get Walked All Over’?

No, it doesn’t. And here’s why.

Flashback: Kindness that Comes Too Late

Don’t keep the alabaster jars of your love and encouragement sealed up until your friends are dead. Flood their lives with its scent today. Speak encouraging words while they can still hear them.

Whatever wins our affections will control our lives.

— Edward Welch

  • 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…

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  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…