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A La Carte (July 20)

Genie, the Feral Child

“More than four decades after she appeared in a Los Angeles County welfare office, her fate is unclear – but she has changed the lives of those who knew her…”

Recovering the Priority of Personal Holiness

“What gave John Owen success in ministry was not so much his oratory skill, nor his evangelistic zeal, nor even his love for the people he shepherded. John Owen was used mightily by God in all these ways because he was a man characterized by personal holiness.”

Does A Husband Have the Authority?

Mary Kassian engages some questions posed by a leading egalitarian: “Does a husband have the authority to take his wife’s phone away, preventing her from making calls? Does a husband have the authority to take his wife’s car keys? House keys? Does a husband have the authority to physically prevent his wife from leaving the home? Does a husband have the authority to take the wife’s personal property without consent?”

A Word About Polite Abusers

On a similar note, it is important to make these distinctions: “Not all abuse evidences itself in bruises, and not all abusers manifest their desire for control with fists.”

8 Reasons to Preach Through Books of the Bible

Jared Wilson: “While there’s no need to be dogmatic about this kind of sermon delivery, and while I think taking time for short topical sermon series or strategic ‘stand-alone’ messages can be good and helpful, I do think it is generally wise for a pastor not just to preach expositionally, but to preach expositionally through entire books of the Bible. I think every preacher ought to endeavor to feed his flock this way. And here are eight reasons why…”

This Day in 1969. 47 years ago today, Buzz Aldrin, a Presbyterian elder and astronaut, took communion on the moon during the Apollo 11 landing. *

The Terrifying Danger Of Falling Off My Own Platform

No one is too big or too small to consider important lessons. “It’s not just those who preach to big crowds, write bestselling books, or are sought-after conferences speakers. Countless other pastors and ministry leaders crash every day. We’ll likely never hear of them, but I’d guess the process is much the same in every case.”

The Evangelical Drug of Choice

Ponder this: “While many evangelicals are quick to condemn alcohol and drug abuse, our drug of choice has become entertainment and fantasy. It softly distracts and weakens Christians daily.”

Flashback: With Purity and Dignity

“The area of lust, especially as it is so commonly expressed in pornography, may be the clearest example of the value of putting sin to death as an expression of love for others.”

Lawson

At the core of any healthy congregation is a vibrant exposition of God’s Word.

—Steven Lawson

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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 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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