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A La Carte (March 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. Most of the volumes in that series, which is suitable for all readers, have been discounted.

Should We Preach Like the Puritans?

Joel Beeke, a great admirer of the Puritans, tells why we shouldn’t try to preach like them.

Of Ministers and Marriages

You’ve probably always assumed it’s the responsibility of a minster to officiate weddings. But perhaps that’s just tradition.

Can Christians Marry Non-Christians?

Speaking of marriage, “I want to make the point that it is a matter of obedience to God not to pursue a relationship with a non-believer. I’m going to try and make it as clear as I can that however it feels, those feelings are temptations to call right that which God calls wrong; those feelings are not accompanied by any affirmation from God.”

The Disaster that Changed Engineering (Video)

“The Hyatt Regency Hotel collapse was a disaster that changed engineering: it’s taught in colleges and universities as a way to make it clear: you check and double-check everything. Something that seems like a subtle change can cause a catastrophic failure if it’s not thoroughly checked first!”

The More Skin, the More Likes

The National Post has an article for parents to read. “Three years ago I received some backlash when I wanted to go into schools and talk to grade sevens. Today I say, ‘what about your grade fours?’” That’s talking to students about what they do with their phones.

Giving to the Poor When There’s Risk of Waste

Randy Alcorn discusses giving to the poor when there’s risk that they’ll waste it. He says, “the solution is not to give less, but to give carefully and wisely while still giving generously.”

Living under Authority

R.C. Sproul writes about the importance of living under authority and offers guidance in living under authority we don’t particularly respect.

5 Reasons Why Christians Should Study History

Chris Gehrz took one of my recent articles and improved upon it by adding several more reasons Christians should study church history.

Flashback: Good Churchmanship

Here are some of the ways a Christian can face particular challenges in our time and in our churches and excel at churchmanship.

Most people want to see authenticity, not experience a perfect church service attended by people projecting perfect and problem-free lives.

—Mez McConnell

  • 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?…