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A La Carte (July 7)

6 Reasons Why Porn Is Not Harmless

As long as people keep looking at porn, I’ll keep posting links to articles like this. “In reality, pornography is deeply involved in the exploitation of women and children and is destructive to its consumers. Here are six reasons why porn is much more than an individual decision—it is part of a system that preys on women and children; and its viewers are participating in, contributing to, and being shaped by that destructive, enslaving system.”

Every Christian Ought to Know the Traditional Creeds

Michael Byrd offers 4 reasons that every Christian ought to know the traditional creeds. Stay grounded in the history of the church!

The Silent Marriage-Killer

Heather Davis Nelson: “Most Christian couples would not list shame as one of the top struggles in their marriage. However, in almost a decade of counseling, I’ve seen very few marriages that aren’t hampered by shame on some level. It’s just not often the first thing that’s identified, but it underlies so many other common struggles, especially communication and sex.”

Preachers and Prepackaged Sermons

We probably all know it’s a bad idea for a pastor to use prepackaged sermons. But this article explains why it’s a bad idea.

Humble Beast

Did you know that Humble Beast records gives away their music for free? They’ve got some really good albums (if you’re into that kind of music). I’d check out Jackie Hill Perry and Beautiful Eulogy (both of which are rap).

This Day in 1878. 138 years ago today, Francis J. Grimké was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He would spend over fifty years in the pulpit, most of it at Washington’s 15th Street Presbyterian Church. He was noted as one of the most articulate opponents of racism: “Race prejudice can’t be talked down, it must be lived down.” *

Sanctification and Glorification

You’ll enjoy watching R.C. Sproul (and various unsuspecting helpers) illustrate the difference between sanctification and glorification.

4 Ways to Read Song of Solomon

Iain Duguid, who has just written a new commentary on Song of Solomon, tells about the 4 most common ways to read it.

Flashback: The True Hero

We all know the story, but sometimes we miss the real hero.

Byrd

There is no plateau in the Christian life. We are either growing closer to Christ’s likeness or we are falling away.

—Aimee Byrd

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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.