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A La Carte (May 17)

In just a couple of weeks I will be in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of my EPIC project. If you are in the area, why don’t you join me for a Sunday evening service and Q&A?

(Yesterday on the blog: Blessed: The Prosperity Gospel in (and Beyond) America)

The Abdication of the Medical Profession

Gene Veith has some interesting thoughts on ways the medical profession is abdicating its responsibilities to give way to ideology.

The Mixed Motives Behind Church Growth

This article takes a thoughtful look at the motivations behind church growth and how some of the reasons are good and others are, well, not so much.

Albert Mohler – Ask Anything Live (Episode 7) (Video)

In this interactive live broadcast, Albert Mohler answers viewers’ questions about the call to ministry.

Why Stradivarius Violins Are Worth Millions (Video)

You don’t have to know anything about music or violins to enjoy this video.

Does 2 Corinthians 6:14 Mean a Christian Shouldn’t Date an Unbeliever?

Mike Leake breaks down this passage and answers a question that youth leaders are often asked.

Self-Control and the Battle for Our Minds

“While Scripture does not say as much as we’d like about circumstance-control, it says a great deal more than we like about self-control. Scripture warns, ‘A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls’ (Proverbs 25:28). Such a city, and such a person, will be left unhappy.”

Smartphones and Distraction: Sheathing the Double-Edged Sword

“Be honest, how many mornings have you woken up, intent on spending time in the Word, and found yourself instead frittering away the time on Twitter or YouTube or some other time waster? Has the time in the evenings which you used to spend reading been eclipsed by mindless scrolling through Instagram or tapping addictive phone games? The smartphone is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it grants us the ability to use apps which can make us more organized, more accessible, and more informed. But on the other hand, it can be a spiraling pit of distraction, actually making us less productive. And all this doesn’t even begin to unpack the potential for sin that palm-sized hell-portal carries in its tiny frame.”

Flashback: Eliminating the Human

We believers have one incredible opportunity where we must not allow technology to eliminate human interaction—the local church. The local church is central to God’s plan for his people. It is and must remain a flesh and blood reality that is all about human interaction.

Faith which refuses to obey the commands of the Saviour is a mere pretense and will never save the soul.

—Charles Spurgeon

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    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)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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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?…