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A La Carte (May 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include a grab bag of deals. There’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that…

Westminster Books continues their Calvin for Everyone sale with a deep discount on a great edition of the Institutes. Several similar resources are also on sale.

Seattle Reboot: Life After Mars Hill

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra has a done a great job in this longform article of telling what happened to Mars Hill Church after it collapsed. I still hope someone is working on a book about it all.

Wise and Innocent

“What of those of us who are not so comfortable with aspects of the progressive social agenda, who perhaps even find them antithetical to Christian convictions? What are Christians to do when it is wrong to withdraw from public engagement, but threatening to so engage? What might appropriate response look like?”

Choose Your Apocalypse Now

Once again, Stephen McAlpine provides some insightful cultural analysis. “What we face in the West is a choice between two kinds of apocalypse; an ugly terrifying one and one, that though beautiful, is merely a facade, a chimera that cannot hold up the weight of our hopes and dreams, and will ultimately disappoint.”

Jesus Had To Grow Up Too

I wrote a whole series of articles on this subject, but thought this article nicely sums up what I attempted to say.

Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary (Video)

I’m not much of a car guy, but I do think I had a poster of a Countach on my wall at one point. What boy of the 80s didn’t?

On “Listening” to Millennials

“Honestly, I feel bad for churches and older leaders trying to get a handle on reaching Millennials. One of the biggest things the recent literature tells churches to do is “listen” to Millennials. But that can be fairly confusing.” Derek Rishmawy explains why.

Memorial Day and My Church’s Bold Request

“Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the moment of singing and not actually consider the words we are saying, but this song has a bold request. Asking the Lord to delay His coming in order for us to just have one more moment in which to share the Gospel!”

New Tribe Missions 75th Anniversary

If you’re in Ontario, you may be interested in a 75th anniversary open house and celebration at NTM.

Flashback: The Soul’s Thirst

While we all thirst, we do not all thirst in the same way. Donald Whitney’s book Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health has much to say about this.

Zeal is like fire; in the chimney it is one of the best servants; but out of the chimney it is one of the worst masters

—Thomas Brooks

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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…