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A La Carte (May 6)

I have no Kindle deals to share with you today, but you can always breeze back through the A La Carte archives to find any you missed earlier in the week. I’m sure there will be some good ones next week as well.

Crisis in American Democracy

Al Mohler says, “When the essential institutions of society are no longer respected, government demands that respect for itself. That is a recipe for tyranny.”

American Christians, You Might Need to Start Living Like Missionaries

Grace is an American living in Tanzania and tells how Americans may need to begin living a little bit more like she does even in their own land.

The Danger of “Fast Food” Conversation

“How many families coexist for long periods of time living on ‘fast food’ interactions? These conversations are quick, easy, and immediate. We talk about what is necessary to keep the family going. We say enough to make decisions, get through the day’s busy routine, or to provide correction to a child’s behavior. But we rarely stop and offer something constructive or something that edifies or gives grace.”

7 Tips To Wake Up Without Coffee

I do enjoy my morning cup of coffee, but these tips look like they might work just as well.

Inner Revolution

I was recently a guest on the Inner Revolution podcast to discuss productivity. It was a fun and low-key conversation.

Moving Prayer to the Center of Ministry

There are lots of good suggestions here for churches to move prayer to the center of ministry.

This Day in 1619. 397 years ago today, the Canons of Dort, a Calvinist response to the Arminian Remonstrance, are promoted and taught in Dort’s Great Church. *

The Elisha Foundation Conference

The Elisha Foundation (TEF) is partnering with Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA to host a conference on disability that serves parents or caregivers of people with disabilities. It begins next Friday.

Stop Calling Your Wife Hot

Exactly. When you call her hot you force the rest of us into an unfair situation. It’s going to be weird whether we agree or disagree with your assessment!

Anti-Catholic or Pro-Gospel?

This article was written in response to Roman Catholics who took issue with my understanding of their theology. So I looked at it from the other angle: What does official Roman Catholic teaching say about what I believe?

Lye

The man that is most busy in censuring others is always least employed in examining himself.

—Thomas Lye

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    Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention given to the ways that pastors may abuse their parishioners. Such attention is appropriate and every pastor ought to prayerfully guard himself against such abusive behaviors. Every church leadership structure ought to build rigorous systems of accountability and follow biblical guidelines in the…

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    A La Carte: A coward’s guide to evangelism / The great dechurching will hurt poor people / The unique experiences of pastors / Three words for Christian parents / Save the world, have a baby / The conquest of Canaan / Kindle and book deals.

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    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

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    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…