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A La Carte (March 2)

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I mentioned on Saturday that a pilot friend was taking me to spend some time in his airline’s flight simulator. Suffice it to say that if you ever get on an airliner and see me in the cockpit, I’d recommend you get out while you still can.

Today’s Kindle deals include some interesting books along with a couple of commentaries by recommended authors. You may also want to check out Amazon’s general market deals of the month.

(Yesterday on the blog: Speaking with a Pastor in Italy’s Coronavirus “Hot Zone”)

Polyamory and the Overton Window

Denny Burk: “If you had asked me ten years ago whether evangelicals would ever give up ground on the issue of homosexuality, I would have said ‘no way!’” That seems very quaint now. Could polyamory be the next frontier?

Teaching Christ to Kids raised to Worship the Ancestors

There are many contexts in the world in which teaching children to follow Christ means teaching them not to worship (and/or fear) their ancestors. This article from TGC Africa explains.

The Rise Of The Drive-Thru (Video)

You may enjoy this video that explains the rise of the drive-thru. It also explains some more recent innovations and projects what is likely to change in the near future.

College Students and Church Membership

If you go away to college, should you join a church there, or should you keep your primary church connection “back home?”

Leave the Dead to Bury Their Own Dead

Peter Krol looks to the wider context of Jesus’s words to explain what it means to leave the dead to bury their own dead.

Why Study Local Church History?

I believe there’s lots of value in studying church history, but hadn’t really considered the value in studying local church history. This article explains why it can be an important pursuit.

5 Things Forgiveness Is Not

To properly forgive those who have sinned against us, it’s important to know what forgiveness is not. Brad Hambrick explains. “It can be helpful to set our mind at ease about a few things related to forgiveness. This reflection is all about, ‘We need to talk about forgiveness, but don’t worry, forgiveness doesn’t mean [blank].’ We are going to talk about five common fears associated with forgiveness that can go in that blank.”

Flashback: What Tolkien Did So Well, What We Do So Poorly

One of the great strengths of Tolkien’s work is its grounding in history. One of the great weaknesses of the contemporary church is its detachment from its own history. Few of today’s Christians have a clear sense of how the church came to be.

Reducing reliance upon the Bible or removing it from a worship service in favor of practical help or biblically inspired principles is a sure sign that you don’t know what a worship service is.

—Jared Wilson

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    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…