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A La Carte (June 28)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few interesting titles.

Logos users: There is a flash sale on James Montgomery Boice’s excellent commentaries.

Golf and the Sanctity of Life

It’s good, right, and important to celebrate the accomplishments of people with special needs. However, it’s also important we don’t do so in such a way that subtly argues that the sanctity of their lives depends upon their accomplishments.

10 Things You Should Know about the Garden of Eden

Nancy Guthrie provides a look at the Garden of Eden which, not surprisingly, has echoes all throughout Scripture. (I’m not convinced about number 10.)

Mark Dever says “Matthias Media resources are faithful, fresh and of great help.” Some of the most helpful of their resources are on sale this week, including Trellis and Vine and How to Walk into Church. Matthias Media exists to partner with all Christians in making disciples. So, if you have a ministry need or a favorite disciple-making resource that isn’t on sale, call their team. They are very happy to give you ideas and extend the same discount for the resources you need.

Preach a Sermon, Not a Self-Help Talk (Video)

Erik Raymond discusses the difference.

3 Sources of Joy in Preaching Weekly

Speaking of preaching, Trevin Wax reflects on the joy that was his when he preached on a weekly basis. “As I reflect on the great honor I had to serve as the primary preacher in our church, I keep coming back to three main sources of joy.”

How to Optimize Your Frequent-Flier Miles (Video)

I love frequent-flier miles (and collect them avidly) so was glad to get some tips from this video.

Amsterdam and Autonomy: The Good News of a Sovereign God

Ronny Kurtz visited Amsterdam and was stopped in his tracks when he heard how much Dutch folk value autonomy. “Christian, self-autonomy is nothing to rejoice in. The news that we are completely in control of our fate would surely be bad news. Instead, we gladly entrust ourselves, and our futures, to the one who is immutable in his perfections and perfect in his ways. The wonder of wonders in the Christian faith is not that God has established our sovereignty in order to let us fend for ourselves; the glorious wonder of our triune God is that he has delighted in exercising his sovereignty for our good.”

Do Airlines and Travel Websites Really Raise Their Ticket Prices Every Time I Log Back On?

You have probably heard this claim before, but it seems no one has ever been able to prove it definitely. Also, there’s another simpler explanation.

Flashback: Writers Write

It’s the most obvious advice in the world, I know. But it’s advice every writer needs to hear and take to heart. Writers write.

Nothing puts life into men like a dying Savior.

—Charles Spurgeon

  • Like an iPhone

    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 La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    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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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…