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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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    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)

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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: 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.