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A La Carte (July 5)

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From Lesbianism to Follower of Christ

David Qaoud interviews Emily Thomes about her story of coming to Christ.

We’re Not Independent

Paul Tripp: “One of the sad results of sin is that it causes all of us, at some time and in some way, to buy into the delusion of independence. Independence is what the serpent sold Adam and Eve, and it’s the false reward that the enemy continues to wave in front of each one of us.”

The Skeptic’s Guide to C.S. Lewis

Dan DeWitt: “Since I teach a class on Lewis I often get the question, ‘What Lewis book(s) should I recommend to my atheist friend?’. It’s a really good question, particularly since some Christians have described C.S.L. as making it possible for them to be an intellectually fulfilled believer.”

Sweet Comforter

You may enjoy Sweet Comforter, a new album from St. Andrew’s Hymns.

The Sexual Revolution and the Witness of the Church

Al Mohler says, “In the face of the sexual revolution, the Christian church in the West now faces a set of moral challenges that exceeds anything it has experienced in the past. This is a revolution of ideas—one that is transforming the entire moral structure of meaning and life.”

This Day in 1865. 151 years ago today, William Booth founded The Christian Mission to work among London’s poor and unchurched. Later, he changed the mission’s name to the Salvation Army. *

Have I Ever Talked to an Angel Without Knowing It?

George Guthrie: “While the passage does refer to angels, the author wasn’t really interested in believers logging close encounters with heavenly messengers, as a closer look at the context reveals.”

Flashback: 8 Ways Satan Convinces You To Question Your Salvation

Though Satan can never steal the Christian’s crown, though he can never snatch him away from the hand of the Father, he is so envious and malicious that he will leave no stone unturned in robbing the Christian of comfort and peace, in making their life miserable, in giving them reason to live in constant sorrow and mourning, doubt and questioning.

Ash

The best kinds of ministry are, more often than not, long term and low key.

—Christopher Ash

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.