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A La Carte (March 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books that I see on sale only rarely, so they are all worth a quick look.

Logos users will be glad to see the Expositor’s Bible Commentary 64% off for a limited time.

Albert Mohler: Ask Anything Live

Dr. Mohler has been recording some Ask Anything sessions live on YouTube. You can find the first one here and the second in the sidebar. He covers a wide range of issues.

Church Hunters: Part 1 (Video)

This is pretty clever. “Sick of your old, boring church? Find a new one that meets YOUR needs with the new hit show Church Hunters…hosted by Aaron Chewning.”

Preaching and Personality

“Some people are more interesting to listen to than others. I’m sorry, but it’s true, and it’s now out there. Some people make me sit on the edge of my seat, and others have the gift of encouraging me to slide back as far as I can go. So what makes the difference?” Preachers ought to consider it.

Live It Loud

If you were ever into Christian Contemporary Music in the 80s or 90s, you may enjoy John Schlitt’s (of Petra) new program Live It Loud where he interviews some of the big names of that era.

Preaching the Ten Commandments

Ray Ortlund describes how he preaches the ten commandments. “When I preach through the Ten Commandments, each sermon has four points, because each commandment does four things at once.”

Opposing Tim Keller at Princeton Seminary

Here’s an interesting article about opposition to Tim Keller at Princeton Seminary. “An institution designed to train men and women for ministry shouldn’t be awarding fancy prizes to someone who believes half the student body (or is it more than half?) has no business leading churches. It’s offensive and, as I have taught my four and five year olds to express, it hurts my feelings.”

The Expectation of Fasting

Barry York shows that “fasting is like waiting for a wedding. Better yet, fasting is like the bride longing for the wedding and bringing it more quickly by that longing. It is asking the lover of your soul to come and make a holy visitation.”

Confessing the Sin of Platforming

Jeff raises an important concern here. “As time passed, and my agent sent out new book proposals, we kept hearing the same thing. ‘We love Jeff’s writing. He’s a great communicator. Clearly, Jeff has a bright future in writing. However, we have to pass on this proposal since his platform isn’t where it needs to be’.”

Flashback: Here at the Dawn of the Revolution

God has given us the ability, the desire, and the mandate to change and shape the world around us.

We live in a world where one of the few constants in life is change. Yet, God has given us the ability, the desire, and the mandate to change and shape the world around us. Since the beginning, man has been doing this by creating and implementing new technologies. Technologies are good in that they allow us to carry out our God-given mandate (Gen. 4). But every technology also brings risk; it brings change.

The visible church is where you will find Christ’s kingdom on earth, and to disregard the kingdom is to disregard its King.

—Michael Horton

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • 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.