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A La Carte (March 16)

I am heading off to the airport for an early flight, but will try to scrounge up some Kindle deals once I’m waiting around there. Stay tuned. [Update: I added a few.]

When Should Christians Use Satire?

John Piper discusses satire: “One of the difficulties with satire — and I will just say this about myself, in particular — is that it is so difficult to use without sounding arrogant. James Denney said it is very hard to show that Christ is magnificent and that I am clever at the same time. It has been a very powerful word for me over the years.”

Why Pastors Should Work Hard to Write Well

Kevin DeYoung: “Isn’t the pastor’s job to preach sermons, do hospital visits, and spend time with the people? Why does writing matter?” He explains.

Ranking the Most Dangerous Countries for American Tourists

I suppose the most dangerous countries for tourists might also be the most urgent countries for missions.

An Era of Terror the church should NEVER forget (Video)

Steve Lawson joins Todd Friel to tell about an era of terror the church should never forget.

The Surprising Power of Little Things

I like this: “Lately I’ve been struck by the power of little things. The single comment that colors your entire day. The chance encounter that opens up a new opportunity at work. The random thought that blossoms into a year-long project.”

Reflections on the 2017 Shepherds’ Conference

I was glad to hear that Bob Kauflin had led worship at the Shepherds’ Conference and glad to read his reflection on the experience.

Paul Washer’s Warning To Christian Rappers (Video)

Maybe someone can explain the context to this video (which is actually just audio). Paul Washer gives a warning to Christian rappers, but only after praising them.

Flashback: What Is Your Exit Plan?

The thing is, sooner or later your kids will become their own people, and have their own network of friends and followers. And when this happens they will find that for the past 13 years you have been building their online profile. What kind of profile will they walk into when they are old enough to care?

That Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever is the ground of our hope that we won’t be the same yesterday and today and forever.

—James Anderson

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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?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…