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A La Carte (July 13)

Logos users will want to take note that John MacArthur’s commentaries are finally available again.

Self-Disclosure in Dating

Winston Smith offers brief, wise counsel on self-disclosure while dating.

Josh Harris Rethinks His Approach To Courtship

NPR did a brief feature on Josh Harris and discussed his updated views on dating and courtship.

When a Pastor Is Also a Police Officer

I enjoyed this interview: “I’m a pastor at a mid-sized suburban church as well as a deputy sheriff in the same area. By day, I have the joy of leading people to follow Jesus. By night, I’m a public servant, performing the standard duties of a patrol officer—from answering 911 calls to patrolling to providing presence in the community to assisting people.”

Two Kinds of Voting, Two Kinds of Disruption, and Two Kinds of Unrighteousness

I am linking to this article because I saw a number of people I respect say very positive things about it.

Five Questions to Ask Before You Consume Cannabis

Recent developments “that Christians will need to think more carefully about marijuana than most of us have until now. Not everyone will be tempted to consume pot, but most everyone will be in a position to advise someone who is considering it.”

This Day in 1813. 203 years ago today, Adoniram and Anne Judson first laid eyes on Rangoon, Burma. It would be five years before the Judsons baptized their first convert. *

How Jeff Bezos Is Hurtling Toward World Domination

Here’s an interesting one on the rise and dominance of Amazon. “Today, the question is not whether Amazon can survive but whether we can survive without Amazon.”

Pastors, Let Your Deacons Serve

Matt Capps wisely addresses a very common issue.

Flashback: How We Do Family Devotions

I wrote this to give an idea of how to do family devotions and to show how simple it can be.

Spurgeon

Everything that God does to His people is all love. Sometimes the love is a little disguised, but the love is always there.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.