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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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