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A La Carte (May 6)


Eerdmans has put a long list of books on sale and I’ve chosen at least a few for my Kindle deals page. There are some others there as well.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on David Murray’s new Bible-reading plan for kids, Meeting with Jesus.

(Yesterday on the blog: When the Very Best of Things Work Together for Evil)

How Does COVID-19 Expose the Lie of the Prosperity Gospel?

Conrad Mbewe is the one to answer this question, and he does so primarily from an African perspective. “What prosperity gospel preachers should do in the light of COVID-19 is to honestly face facts. Unlike malaria and cancer, here is a disease that is so contagious that it has forced them to go into hiding for dear life’s sake—like the rest of us.”

A Christian Marriage: What Is Not and Should Be Unique?

I appreciate this one from Brad Hambrick. “Sometimes when I hear Christians talk about marriage, it sounds a bit idealistic. Some of the ‘if you do things God’s way…’ promises feel a recipe for happily ever after. The logic seems to be that because God created marriage, Christians have a leg up on everybody else for having a satisfying marriage.” But it’s not always so simple, is it?

TikTok Passes 2 Billion Downloads

TikTok has become the app for younger folk. Here’s some of what you need to know about it.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Friendship

“Alone time, family time, and virtual friendship are wonderful gifts, but something in us rightly yearns for more. Yes, we must learn to delight more fully in the friendship of the Lord during this time. After all, Jesus is a friend (John 15:15). He is also the bread of life. However, we’d never tell a starving person to be content because ‘Jesus is the bread of life.’ Just as it is wrong to spiritualize and discount the desire for physical nourishment, so also it is wrong to spiritualize and discount the need for friendship. Jesus is our friend, but He created us to need earthly Christian fellowship too.”

Overview of the Twentieth Century

The twentieth century was a key one for the church. In this article from Tabletalk, Donald Fortson provides an overview of some of its highlight and lowlights.

The Saga of Apple’s Bad Butterfly MacBook Keyboards Is Finally Over

I’m a big fan of Apple’s products and software, but even I can’t possibly defend their awful butterfly keyboard. Thankfully, it’s now finally been relegated to the past.

Here, just for fun, is a funny little comic from xkcd.

Flashback: What Makes a Sermon Difficult To Listen To

Recently, and largely for my own purposes, I found myself thinking about some of the elements that can make a sermon difficult to listen to. Having jotted them down, I thought I’d share them with you.

Lowly gentleness is not one way Jesus occasionally acts toward others. Gentleness is who he is. It is his heart.

—Dane Ortlund

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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.

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    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.