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A La Carte (July 27)

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Good morning from Seoul, South Korea. I am very glad to be here and look forward to visiting Yullin Church throughout the weekend.

Here’s a nice little deal from 10ofThose: They are offering both volumes in my devotional series for a combined $19.99. That deal won’t last long.

So far I’ve dug up two new Kindle deals but am about to go searching to find more.

(Yesterday on the blog: Love Keeps No Record of Rights)

What Is Sloth?

Now there’s a theological term you don’t hear very often anymore. “When was the last time you repented of sloth as a sin? Maybe never. Should sloth even be a sin on your radar as something for which Jesus died, something for which we should repent?”

You Don’t Know When Your Last Sermon Will Be

Here’s a look at some of the final sermons from some well-known preachers of days gone by.

The Sheep Don’t Know

“A cliff rises above the sea, jagged, wild, immovable. The waves, far below, break against it with noisy violence. This is where the ocean ends and the patchwork fields begin, suddenly. In the fields, there are sheep. As I walk past, one of them looks up at me as he chews a disinterested mouthful of grass. He has eyes, so he can see the same view I see. He has ears, so he can hear the waves, and the gulls crying out above him.”

On Preparing Yourself for Corporate Worship

It is such a difference-maker when you prepare yourself for corporate worship. This article has some good suggestions for doing just that.

A Meditation on Change

“Change never seems to feel good. It makes sense we’d think this way, for all our suffering is marked by change, whether big or small. A change in jobs can uproot an entire family from the home they love. A change in relationships can bring disunity, tension, and anxiety. Change in our bodies brings along weakness, infection, or a new disease to battle. Yet change need not always be a harbinger of sorrow.”

That is a diaconal matter

Is it good for pastors to be in the habit of saying, “that is a diaconal matter.”

Flashback: A Few Humble Suggestions for Reformed Worship Services

Today I want to offer a few humble suggestions to pastors or others involved in planning services that may serve to add an element of freshness to a service, but without adding elements that are desperate, distracting, or flat-out ridiculous.

You can as well hear without ears, and live without food, and fight without hands, and walk without feet, as you are able to live without prayer.

—Thomas Brooks

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