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A La Carte (March 7)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few minor deals.

Logos continues with their March Madness, working their way down to some great deals. In the meantime, they’ve got a Hall of Fame sale on the works of D.A. Carson.

Chance the Rapper

Shai Linne is an exceptional rapper and an astute theologian. That’s why I’ve been looking forward to his promised review of Chance the Rapper’s much-praised album “Coloring Book” which some have lauded as a bravely Christian album. Shai sets the record straight.

Decluttering Evernote

Here’s good counsel for anyone who has been using Evernote for a while and found it getting all cluttered up.

A Small Church in a Mega-Church World

This is a good word at a time when mega seems to be the expectation. “Our culture is consumed with results and numbers as a way of validation. There are many small time pastors who are faithful to preach the gospel and in a moment of despair ask, ‘Why are our pews empty? Does God not bless faithful preaching?’”

VidAngel’s Holy War Against Hollywood Profanity

Here’s an interesting article on VidAngel and their war on profanity (and sexuality) in film.

Hearing Hot and Cold (Video)

Did you know that your ears can hear the difference between hot and cold water? Give it a listen!

Five Reminders As We Serve the Dying and Their Families

“I never imagined that I would find myself so familiar with death as a pastor. I studied theology in seminary and learned about expositing a text and leading the church, but I don’t ever remember reading a book about what to do when visiting someone on their deathbed.”

Wrestling with God

Sometimes we wrestle with the Lord and sometimes we wrestle against the Lord. There’s an important difference between them.

Flashback: My Too-Weak Tribute to Jerry Bridges

I met Jerry Bridges just once. We were at the same conference–he to speak and I to write. A mutual friend came to me and said, “Jerry would like to meet you.” We found an out-of-the-way room and talked for just a few minutes. To tell the truth, I do not remember a lot about our conversation, but I did come away with two conclusions.

If your view of the cross could not be taken as a scandal and an offense, you’ve lost the plot.

—Jared Wilson

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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.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    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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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • 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…