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A La Carte (May 4)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of titles, but perhaps one will grab your attention. Also, the Counterpoint series of “multiple views” books is on sale.

Westminster Books has a deal on books related to productivity. If you buy Matt Perman’s new one, they’ll include a copy of the Student Edition of my book Do More Better.

(Yesterday on the blog: My New Book: Devoted)

A Response to Andy Stanley on “Theological Correctness”

“Andy Stanley just made waves. At the recent Orange Conference, Stanley spoke on John 17 and said that oneness in the faith is ‘more important than being theologically correct.’ The broader context of his remarks was the need for church unity.” This article is a response to that statement, but it comes down to the common error of thinking unity comes apart from theology, not through it.

I Don’t Deserve This

“It’s not hard to see the difficult parts of pastoral ministry. Expectations are high. The weight of pastoring is heavy. Discouragement is a constant temptation. People can and will hurt us. It’s right to be honest about these. Paul was. He frequently wrote about the challenges he faced as an apostle (2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 11:16-29). He was honest when people let him down (2 Timothy 1:15, 4:16). Paul was honest, but he didn’t throw a pity party. Despite his difficulties, Paul understood the incredible privilege of ministry.”

What’s the Difference Between Hibernation and Sleep? (Video)

“The Arctic Ground Squirrel hibernates by burrowing under the permafrost and slipping into a state of suspended animation. The female black bear can give birth while she hibernates. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur prepares to hibernate by storing its fat reserves in its tail – doubling its body weight. Why do these animals go to such extremes?” This short video explains.

Violence Against Women Begins in the Womb

This is an important one from Christianity Today.

Be The Change You Want To See On The Internet

Jasmine Holmes talks about some changes she would like to see in the way people engage with each other online. “Sometimes, I feel like the entire purpose of social media is to join the right clique and then spend the rest of forever measuring applicants to the clique and puffing ourselves up when we find them wanting.”

Why We Sent Our Children to Local State Schools

I always appreciate reading different perspectives on schooling. This article outlines some of the benefits to public schooling.

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, May 2018

Here are some of the columns from this month’s issue of Tabletalk Magazine. Many of them are freely available online.

Flashback: 6 Very Good Reasons To Consider Your Short Little Life

Here are some blessings that will be yours when you pause to consider your short little life.

This is the heart of prayer—not getting things from God, but getting God.

—David Mathis

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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.