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A La Carte (March 3)

We’ve had a great run with Kindle deals. Today’s are not quite as exciting as they’ve been, but there are still a few interesting titles.

The Problem of Delaying Marriage

Al Mohler: “A stable and functional culture requires the establishment of stable marriages and the nurturing of families. Without a healthy marriage and family life as foundation, no lasting and healthy community can long survive.”

What’s Missing from the Urban Focus

Anthony Bradley addresses the emphasis on urban churches: “By overlooking the working class and small towns, we are inadvertently missing new opportunities to bring the gospel and holistic redemption to areas where the majority of America’s poor people live, where suicide rates are surging, where we find the new frontier for America’s worst HIV problems, where the mortality rates for middle-aged white women are at all-time highs, where manufacturing is dying out, where Americans are the most depressed and nihilistic about life, where America’s drug use is the highest.”

Unbelievable? What Happened to Evolution at the Royal Society?

This is interesting for a number of reasons, but primarily for how it shows evolution beginning to crumble. You can either listen to the show or read the transcript. “A meeting of top biologists from around the world at the Royal Society last November was convened to study new trends in evolutionary theory. It has led to speculation that the Neo-Darwinian paradigm is in crisis and is becoming widely rejected in the scientific community.” (No, the people here are not young earth creationists by any stretch, but still present major issues with the prevailing theories of evolution.)

Turkeys and a Dead Cat (Video)

Everyone has a theory on what’s going on in this video. What’s yours?

The Scriptures Made Strange

This is very helpful! “The Bible is not the same thing as the Scriptures. The modern Bible is a technologically advanced material artefact, with which we engage with—and conceive of—the Scriptures in particular ways that are largely encouraged by the artefact itself. As we have too easily and uncritically equated the artefact of the Bible with the Scriptures, it is important for us to go to the effort of making it strange to us again, of acquainting ourselves with its particular artificial character.”

Institute for Church Leadership

The Master’s Seminary has just launched The Institute for Church Leadership, which is meant to help train elders in local congregations.

Why Typography Matters

The ridiculous situation at the Oscars proves how much typography matters.

What Does ‘The Shack’ Say About Your Pain?

Dave Mathis did a great job of reviewing The Shack here.

Flashback: Why Satan Hates Your Family

Family is under attack. As Christians we are accustomed to hearing about divorce and pornography and gay marriage and so many other moral issues. Have you ever considered how many of these moral issues relate directly to family?

Many a brilliant thirty minute sermon was undone by the preacher carrying on to the fifty minute mark.

—Carl Trueman

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.