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A La Carte (March 27)

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30 Years of Ministry – Mark Altrogge shares some of the lessons he has learned in 30+ years of pastoral ministry. I think the 2nd lesson is my favorite.

10 Chapter Books for Dads to Read to Their Kids – Looking for books to read out loud? Here are some options. (If your kids love to read, or you love to read to them, Redeemed Reader is a great site to bookmark.)

Biblical Grounds for Divorce – This article outlines a very traditional (and I think biblical) view of when divorce is permissible.

5 Reasons Your Church Should Be Smaller – I know it counters the Western mindset, but it’s true: Bigger is not always better.

Parenting in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture – Heath Lambert explains how he and his wife are raising their children in this hyper-sexualized culture. (I am not as committed to the discussion of modesty as he is, but I do understand why and how he uses the concept.)

Locking Out the Pilot – Here’s an answer to the question we are all asking: How is it possible to lock a pilot out of his cockpit? The answer is 9/11.

Spurgeon

You must either give up your sins or give up all hope of heaven.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    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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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    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…