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A La Carte (May 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles, as usual. You know how it goes…

Westminster Books is offering a good discount on a number of books, including the KNOW series by The Gospel Coalition.

The Most Marginalized Minority

“Is it possible, despite our allegiance to justice and compassion, that we have left the disabled on the fringes, that we are guilty of being selective in our compassion? Have we neglected to ‘invite … the crippled, the lame, the blind’ to the feast of grace (Luke 14:13)?”

The Weight of the Church

“Finding a solid local church is more important than finding a dream job or attending a dream college, for the simply reason that God has determined to shepherd His people to glory through the ministry of the local church.”

How Do I Forgive Someone Who Refuses to Say Sorry? (Video)

This is a great answer to a common question.

These Present Sufferings

Mark Johnston writes about the horror in Manchester. “The grief of those affected has been broadcast widely and it is impossible not to be deeply touched by their anguish – anguish repeatedly expressed in gut-wrenching groans. No matter how much the media and its pundits try to make sense of what has happened, words are inadequate to plumb the depths of pain.” (Also, read this article by a pastor in the Manchester area.)

How the Post Office Made America (Video)

It turns out the humble post office played an outsized role in American history.

Running to the Pantry of Good Works

Legalism is a sneaky foe. Erik says, “I am not a legalist, and you probably aren’t either. However, I still leave the pantry door of good works open. I suspect you do too.”

6 Ways to Avoid Delayed Adulthood

“How can the next generation move toward maturity? How can adolescents grow into young adults? How can college students move through the college years with increasing integrity, character, maturity, skill, and productivity?”

Flashback: Can You Help Me Find a Good Church

How can you find a church in a new area? I recommend beginning with a handful of church directories, each of which lists like-minded churches. Here are the best three I know of.

Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.

—Joni Eareckson Tada

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    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)

    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.