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A La Carte (July 13)

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If your children are in Canadian, and especially Ontario public schools, you may be interested in reading My Child, My Chance.

The Selfishness Behind Environmentalists’ Call for Fewer Children

“Selfishness is much more palatable when you can cast as concern, but strip away the faux outrage and it’s always there under the surface. That is illustrated once again by the reaction to a recent study that argues the best way to fight climate change is by having fewer children.”

Eugene Peterson, Homosexuality, and God’s Saving Grace

There are lots of reactions to Eugene Peterson’s recent interview. Here’s one from CBMW. “Jonathan Merritt recently interviewed Eugene Peterson about his views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage (SSM). The interview is short and to the point, and it is alarming, disheartening, and altogether sad.”

How Can a Young Child Be Saved? (Video)

Dr. Jarvis Williams answers the question in this video from Southern Seminary.

Remembering C.H. Spurgeon’s Success And Spirituality

Lots of people have tried to account for Spurgeon’s success. But according to Michael Haykin, “Spurgeon himself looked to quite a different source for the blessings that attended his ministry.”

There is a Better Way to Experience Sexuality

Teen Vogue has published a “how to” guide for anal sex for its young audience. Melissa responds: “We have to teach our kids that one of the greatest gifts of God is the intimacy between a man and a woman who have committed themselves to loving every inch of each other’s heart and soul. We have to teach them that great sex is safe sex, in the arms of the person who has vowed to hold us up when we need it, who has promised that no illness or accident, no outside interest, no schemes of this world will separate us. We have to show them what it looks like to be in love.”

Entertainment and Worship

“Entertainment is a good thing, but its purpose is the refreshment of the mind and body, not the transformation of the mind or the edification of the spirit. The danger of entertainment in worship is not about which musical instruments are permitted or what era of hymns the church should sing. The danger is found in what the church is aiming at. Entertainment has a different aim than worship. Entertainment is something offered to people for their amusement. Yet worship has a different focus and produces a different result.”

Flashback: 12 Marks of Excellent Pastoral Ministry

What are the marks of an excellent minister? MacArthur reveals twelve of them.

Let nothing be said about anyone unless it passes through the three sieves: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?

—Amy Carmichael

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…