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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

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.