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A La Carte (July 2)


There are a few minor Kindle deals today. Of more interest…

…Logos users will definitely want to grab this month’s free book from Logos. And audiobook listeners will want to head to Christian Audio to grab a free copy of Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners.

(Yesterday on the blog: Does Your Church Truly Care for True Widows?)

An $8.2 Million Judgment, Over $8.2 Million in Royalties Given Away

I’ve heard Randy Alcorn tell his story a number of times and never get tired of it. “Many of my readers already know this story, but I wanted to share it for others who might not have yet heard it. It also sets up why the fact that our ministry has now given away over $8.2 million in book royalties is so significant!”

Two Reasons a Church Shouldn’t Have Multiple Gatherings

There are very good reasons to reconsider the idea of having multiple services at a single church. “I’ve pastored my church for over twelve years. We’ve always had two morning services, and I never gave them much thought. And even if I did think about them, I thought of them positively. To me, they were both a marker and a means of growth. More Sunday services meant more success.” But…

3 Things to Be Careful About Saying at the Start of Your Service

I co-sign this article from Jared Wilson. Draw people’s hearts to God—don’t distract them with yourself. “Obviously context matters, and there’s no need to be dogmatic about how we informally (or even formally) begin a worship service, but here are some common introductory cliches I think worth weighing in terms of their helpfulness to the congregation’s worship.”

Died: Apologist Norman Geisler

CT reports on the death of Norm Geisler. “Just two months after his retirement from public ministry, evangelical theologian Norman Geisler died Monday at age 86. He had been hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a blood clot in his brain.”

Four Cheers for PCA Approval of the Nashville Statement

Rick Phillips explains why it was so important for the PCA to approve the Nashville Statement at their recent General Assembly.

The Soviet Superplane that Rattled America (Video)

This is an interesting video on a unique bit of technology.

How Church Membership is Misunderstood, Misapplied, and Abused

Church discipline matters a lot. But it can also be done badly or for all the wrong reasons. “Pastors committed to the importance of church membership need to be cautious. In our righteous zeal to address deficient views of the church, we may be tempted to an unrighteous zeal—a zeal to establish membership processes and practices that move beyond what Scripture requires…”

Flashback: When Failure Saves and Success Destroys

It is good to long for success and attempt to achieve it, but we must be willing to receive from the hand of the Lord his blessing as it’s displayed in both success and failure.

If the Christian Faith had a curriculum, the class called “Prayer Matters” wouldn’t be an elective for college; it would be a prerequisite for kindergarten.

—Matt Smethurst

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    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    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.

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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.