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A La Carte (July 1)

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Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians! I hope and trust it will be a restful, celebratory kind of day.

Today’s Kindle deals include a long list of solid works like Costi Hinn’s God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel as well as books by MacArthur, Stott, Zacharias, and others. You may also want to sort through Amazon’s collection of monthly general market deals.

Memory, Monuments, Morality, and Mayhem: The Burden of Reckoning with Historical Symbols

Al Mohler: “Across the nation, crowds topple monuments and remove statue after statue. Conversations abound about the names of army bases, endowed university chairs, parks and street names—it is a controversy about names, and it has gripped many countries around the world, especially the United States. From a Christian worldview, this massive issue comes down to four words: memory, monuments, morality, and mayhem. These are all part of the story.”

A Special Birthday

So sweet…

Why the US Has So Many Filipino Nurses (Video)

This video explains why the US (and not just the US) has so many Filipino nurses. There’s quite a history to it…

Be Quick to Listen and Slow to Think

There’s wisdom in being quick to listen and slow to think. “For Christians who seek to apply the message of James 1:19, let me urge this: Be quick to listen, and slow to think. Slow thinking doesn’t mean no thinking and it certainly doesn’t suggest superficial thinking. When we slow down to think, we actually take time to create arguments and thoughts that might change the world and not change the moment.”

Why Some Christian Leaders Don’t Post About Current Events on Social Media

Speaking of being quick to listen and slow to think (and speak), David Qaoud has written a good article about why some pastors don’t use social media to discuss current events. “In a word — pressure. That’s how many Christian leaders feel about having to post about current events on social media. But it shouldn’t be this way.”

Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

Pastors and ministry leaders may want to look at the new edition of the 9Marks Journal which, as you may surmise from the title, is all about the work and character of a pastor.

How Church History Will Help You Defend the Faith

Michael Haykin explains how church history helps the task of defending the faith today. “The early centuries of the church saw Christianity threatened by a number of theological heresies: Gnosticism, Arianism, and Pelagianism, to name but three. While history never repeats itself exactly, the essence of many of these heresies has reappeared from time to time in the long history of Christianity.”

Flashback: Services Shaped Like an Hourglass

We begin our service distracted, narrow our focus to Jesus Christ, then broaden our gaze to living in this world for God’s glory. We do it again the next week, and again the week after that.

Prayer is the forerunner of mercy. Turn to sacred history, and you will find that scarcely ever did a great mercy come to this world unheralded by supplication.

—Charles Spurgeon

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    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 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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…