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A La Carte (July 31)


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Building the Southern Hemisphere’s Highest Residences (Video)

I rather enjoyed this look at how Australians are building the highest residences in the southern hemisphere.

Small Beginnings: C. H. Spurgeon at Waterbeach

Geoffrey Chang takes a look at Spurgeon’s small beginnings at a small Baptist church in the village of Waterbeach, near Cambridge. “Far from an idyllic country setting, Waterbeach placed Spurgeon in the trenches of pastoral ministry where he saw the reality of suffering and sin.”

Amazon Is Watching

Amazon has become immensely powerful, and not just because of its control over the online marketplace. It is also developing a kind of surveillance that ought to concern us all. “The Internet giant is wiring homes, neighborhoods, and cities with cameras and microphones, and powering the nation’s intelligence services. Are we sure we can trust it?”

7 Ways to Persevere in Your Senior Years

What a joy and encouragement it is when seniors persevere and make the most of those years. “As we enter our senior years, we sense some changes. We are more realistic, and while we may still have dreams, we realize we have changed and have certain limitations. We may have retired from a job or ministry. We may wonder if we’re ‘done.’ That’s the human perspective. But how can we persevere with a biblical worldview as we age?”

What Kind of Legacy Will We Leave Behind?

What will missionaries leave behind them? For that, what will any of us leave behind?

David Tennant’s Shock from the Loss of Anonymity (Video)

I don’t know that I’ve ever watched a film with David Tennant and haven’t ever watched Doctor Who, but still enjoyed his reflections on what it was like to become very famous and lose that delightful gift of anonymity.

So You Want To Be the Next Charles Spurgeon?

“There are many aspiring pastors and missionaries who want to emulate their heroes in the faith. They want to preach to the masses like Charles Spurgeon or, like William Carey, be the pioneer who takes the Good News to a land that has no gospel witness. Desiring to have a fruitful or successful ministry is not wrong in itself, but here are a few suggestions for those dreaming of having a book-worthy life.”

Flashback: How to Create a Reading Culture in Your Church

The very first words and the very last words we want people to hear in the service are from scripture, a call to worship and a benediction. In between, we’re praying the Word, we’re preaching the Word, we’re singing the Word.

Let us labor to memorize the Word of God — for worship and for warfare.

—John Piper

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.