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A La Carte (January 29)

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Authenticity, Honesty, and the Stay-At-Home-Mother – Here’s a challenge: “The mommy wars have made great advances in battling the false fronts of picture-perfect blog posts, where dinners always look fabulous, children are always beautifully dressed, and husbands always come home with roses. But we’ve replaced those filtered versions of our lives with other versions…”

Church Size – “If you are a pastor, church planter, or key leader, you need a healthy and theologically sound attitude for dealing with church growth, size, and numbers.” Here are 5 important things to remember when it comes to church size.

A Lukewarm Interpretation of Hot and Cold – “‘Because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.’ Here’s an interpretation of this often-misused verse.

An Interview with Ben Zobrist – I enjoyed this interview with Ben Zobrist. And I appreciated his token shout-out to the Blue Jays.

Good Piper Quotes – For years now this blogger has been mining funny and quirky quotes from John Piper’s sermons. This is the last batch.

The Historical Reality of Adam – Guy Prentiss Waters gives the lay of the land in the battle over the historical Adam.

Piper Sin

Sin is what you do when your heart is not satisfied with God.

—John Piper

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…