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A La Carte (July 14)

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Westminster Books is having their annual sale on pew Bibles in case it’s time to stock up!

Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting picks.

Nurture

This article celebrates the unheralded caretakers who mean so much to us. “They are in the nursery. In the classroom. While we work and worship, they care for our children in back rooms and church basements, sharing the love of Jesus with those in their care. We gather in our sanctuaries and our auditoriums, watching the people onstage as they lead and teach us, grateful for their gifts. Then we pick up our children from Sunday School and go home.”

Slot Machine Christianity

Mike Emlet compares the way we can think about Christianity with using a slot machine. “Too often we approach the Christian life, relationships, and ministry with similar expectations. We assume that if we put in enough time, effort, and faithful service—enough quarters in the slot—in the end it will turn out well for us. The payoff will come—and even in this life. But surely, we don’t think that way, do we?”

The Incredible Logistics of the Tokyo Olympics (Video)

This video lays out some of the amazing logistical challenges involved with hosting the Olympics.

Do God and Satan Still Speak Together about Believers?

Do God and Satan still converse together about believers are they did about Job? Wes Bredenhof says no and explains why.

Discerning Temperaments

Nick Batzig: “We love the idea of diversity, until it cuts across our own idea of personal uniformity. I have been thinking often of the diversity of personalities represented in the church, and how that diversity plays into the heated conversations that we have online. We often fail to adequately understand why someone might be more vocal that we wish them to be, or more quiet than we would be.”

What is Worldliness? (Video)

Derek Thomas answers briefly in this video.

Good Works Are Less Complicated Than You Think

Indeed, they are.

Flashback: The Narrowest Religion in the World

The way to salvation is so broad that it can admit every person who seeks for God, yet so narrow that they can enter only through Jesus Christ.

Leave not off reading the Bible till you find your hearts warmed. Read the word, not only as a history, but labor to be affected with it. Let it not only inform you, but inflame you.

—Thomas Watson

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    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    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.