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A La Carte (March 23)

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The Lord be with you and the Lord bless you today.

The Logos March Matchups voting has come to an end. The excellent Zondervan Exegetical series has triumphed, which means it’s 60% off. You can now get that deal and several others.

There are a couple of interesting Kindle deals today. I’ll check again in the morning.

(Yesterday on the blog: How Long Is the Dash?)

Many Out of One?

Carl Trueman reflects on Columbia University’s decision to host multicultural graduation ceremonies this summer. “What is being presented is not multicultural at all. Just as serial monogamy is another term for promiscuity, so this serial multiculturalism is a euphemism for what is, in effect, a new form of segregation.”

Does Canada’s Bill C-7 Ignore A Dark Lesson From History?

Does Canada’s Bill C-7 ignore a dark lesson from history? It sure seems so. “Think of Canada’s Bill C-7 and its expansion of ‘medical assistance in dying’ (a euphemism for physician-assisted suicide, i.e. killing done by doctors). Instead of first helping vulnerable people by providing much-needed medical and social supports – such as top-notch palliative and hospice care for all – the Canadian federal government is pushing Bill C-7, which promotes death.”

Delivered from the Tyranny of Emotions

Megan Johnson: “My emotions have a place, and rightly so, as God made us to be feeling creatures, but my emotions shouldn’t have the final say about what is true in a situation. God, in his severe mercy, has given me a number of opportunities to practice this lately. As the waves keep crashing, I keep grabbing the opportunities, though sometimes not very well, to sink into the truth.”

My 5 Favorite Puritan Authors

If you aren’t too familiar with the Puritans, or have been meaning to explore them (but procrastinating), Keith Mathison offers some places to begin. I fully agree with his picks!

Hot Takes Are Harming Us

Trevin Wax gets this right: “It’s not easy to follow James’ command to be ‘quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger’ in a world that rewards those quick to broadcast, slow to think, and quick to express the anger of the echo chamber.”

Preachers and their $5,000 Sneakers

Sarah Pulliam Bailey writes about the Instagram phenomenon @PreachersNSneakers. “Kirby’s father is a family-practice doctor, so he grew up in what he describes as a ‘comfortable but modest lifestyle,’ where his parents gave generously to their church. He remembers feeling confused when he saw his ‘Pastor Charles’ driving a royal blue Harley Davidson cruiser, worth more than one year of his parent’s tithes. That’s when, he said, he realized that there was a connection between successful ministry and booming business.”

What Do You Think Of Decisional Regeneration? (Video)

Steve Lawson takes on the matter of decisional generation in this short video from Ligonier Ministries.

Flashback: How the World Worshipped on One of the Most Unusual Sundays in Church History

Would it be an exaggeration to say that Sunday, March 22, 2020 was one of the most unusual Sundays in the history of Christianity? I don’t think it would be, because on this day the majority of Christians across the world were either not permitted to gather to worship or considered it inadvisable to do so.

Prayer to God is not only the place for divulging our heart, but also developing our desires. There is power here. Prayer changes our hearts like nothing else—perhaps especially when we follow the prayers of the Bible.

—David Mathis

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    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: 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.

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    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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  • 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…