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A La Carte (July 10)


Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include several volumes of the excellent ESV Expository Commentary series.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Music Is Simply a Mockery)

Goodbye Local Church?

“The truth is that there is now a marketplace of churches. This marketplace stretches across denominations and church ‘brands’. People are quite willing to switch and travel long distances. Churches are in competition for members.” This really changes everything about our relationship to the local church.

Going to Church Is Hard but Worth It

“Sundays never fail to be tough. The plan is always to have the house clean and organized on Saturday, to do family devotionals, to set out and iron clothes for the morning, to go to bed early, and have a big happy breakfast together Sunday morning. Things never go according to plan.”

Can We Trust Luke’s History of the Early Jesus Movement?

Some have charged that Luke is not a trustworthy historian. Shane Rosenthal disagrees and explains why.

Not Brave

Julie Lowe: “I don’t know about you, but I am not brave. I dread criticism and judgment. I’d rather work behind the scenes than live in the spotlight and be open to the critique of others. The world is hostile and people can be harsh. Let someone who likes the attention rise up and be the focus. Have you ever uttered these sentiments? If so, you are not alone.”

Seeing Through Tears

Brianna expresses her faith in the Lord, even through tears.

12 Axioms for Young Missionaries

Just like the title says, here are some axioms that may prove helpful to those who are new to missions.

Flashback: Leave and Cleave Like a Strawberry

…as I think of the families I’ve known where the generations function best..they appropriately emphasize the discontinuity between the old family and the new, but appropriately emphasize the obligation each generation owes the other. They are independent, but not too distant. They are connected, but not suffocating. They’ve got room to grow but also room to spread their leaves.

I have come to believe that, as followers of Jesus, one of the worthiest endeavors we can undertake is to take the Great Commandment seriously and learn to be in relationship with our literal neighbors.

—Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon

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