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A La Carte (November 14)

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Grace and peace to you. I have returned from Fiji where I was tremendously blessed to be able to meet and minister to some lovely believers. I may have more to say about that in the future. In the meantime, here are some links and other goodies.

Today’s Kindle deals include a selection of titles from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Happiest Christians and the Happiest Missionaries)

HR Goes to Church

I have been meaning to read this article for a while now and am glad I did. It offers lots of very interesting insights.

Did a Prophet Really Lay on His Side for More than a Year?

Did Ezekiel really lay on his side for more than a year? Ian Duguid answers this question and some related ones.

Why Do Chinese People See Christianity as a Cultural Invasion?

Chinese people have long seen Christianity as a cultural invader. This article explains why this is.

Patiently Hearing the Word

“Right or wrong there is a burden placed on many preachers to stay within prescribed time limits. While a long-winded preacher can do a lot to kill a Sunday morning so too can the hurried impatience of a congregation.”

Dig Deeper

This one extols the virtue of digging deep into the scriptures. “Think of the scriptures like a fancy layered dessert — maybe a cake or parfait. There are several layers, and each offers new delights. If you don’t dig down into all the layers, you’re missing out.”

In The World, You Will Have Trouble

Yes, we certainly will.

Flashback: The More We Drink, The More We Thirst

We will eat, we will drink, we will feast, and our hearts will be at perfect peace. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

There is no joy like the divinely joyful sorrow as there is no strength like the divinely strengthened weakness.

—J.R. Miller

  • Optimistic Denominationalism

    Optimistic Denominationalism

    It is one of the realities of the Christian faith that people love to criticize—the reality that there are a host of different denominations and a multitude of different expressions of Christian worship. We hear it from skeptics: If Christianity is true and if it really changes people, then why can’t you get along? We…

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    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.