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A La Carte (July 16)

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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Logos users, remember to check out the commentary sale they’ve got going on right now. (Also remember that the NICOT/NICNT are on sale as well.)

At Westminster Books you’ll find a sale on a new collection of R.C. Sproul’s Tabletalk writings, plus many of his other books.

Not Just More, But Other: Teens, Theodicies, and Classical Theism

In this article from the new Ad Fontes Journal, Rhys Laverty looks at Mackie’s famous triangle. “The God of Mackie’s triangle is a mere man, and a straw man at that. The conundrum supposes that the qualities of power and love belong to God in the same way they belong to us, as qualities or attributes to be exercised as we imagine we would exercise them. But it’s not so with God. He is the definition of power and love, and not simply by being the one who best exercises them, but by himself being the source of our ideas about those things in the first place.”

Why the Gospel-Centered Movement Overlooks Youth Ministry

Mike McGarry offers some interesting comments on why the gospel-centered movement has overlooked youth ministry (and, in his opinion, ought not to).

Sorrows of Gold

“The thing that has taken me forever and a day to acknowledge: it is okay to be broken and fragile, and to ask for help. Self-sufficiency is the noblest of lies, rooted in pride. Our hardships are not meant to sanctify only us: the sharing of burdens is God’s means to also grow others. While we all have our own responsibilities to carry, self-sufficiency can stealthily morph into selfishness.”

Open Letter from a Cuban Pastor

This is a sorrowful letter from a Cuban pastor lamenting the situation in his country.

Evangelism Isn’t Complicated; You Don’t Need Another Course

Stephen Kneale offers a bit of a challenge here. “You don’t need another course. You don’t need extensive training. You need a sentence or two that explains who Jesus is and why he matters. And you know it because you already believe it. And if you know it and believe it, you are equipped with everything you need to go and share it with other people.”

Husbands, 8 Admonitions to Love Your Wife

William Boekestein offers husbands “eight admonitions to love our wives with respect to their various facets.”

We Are Too Slow in Recognising Our Own Sin

“We always tend to see the sins and shortcomings of other people more clearly than we see our own sin. As Jesus said, we are the kind of people who notice the speck in the eyes of others rather than the plank in our own eyes. It is hard to honestly assess our own spiritual condition.”

Flashback: 3 Helpful Instructions on Keeping a Journal

The loss of your money, your property, and your possessions counts for nothing next to losing the record of God’s faithfulness to you.

The cumulative effect of too much information—so easily and constantly accessible to us—creates a burden that our minds and souls were not created to bear.

—Brett McCracken

  • 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)

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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?…