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A La Carte (November 20)

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The Syrian Refugee Controversy

Joe Carter’s article will get you caught up on the Syrian refugee controversy (as it pertains to inviting refugees into America).

Bad Doctrine vs. Heresy

Mike Riccardi uses Mohler’s theological triage to attempt to sort the bad doctrine from the outright heresy.

The Short Half-Life of Online Empathy

“Everything’s accelerated these days, and the same must be said for grief online. The Internet cycles through all five stages in as many tweets. We find it hurtling toward us: unavoidable, wall-to-wall.”

Windows Turns 30

Microsoft Windows turns 30 this week. Here’s a visual tour of its history. How many of these versions did you use?

Meaningless Chatter

Here is a selection of words and phrases you may use (especially if you’re a preacher or church leader) that really have no meaning.

This Day in 1541. 474 years ago today at the age of 32, John Calvin established a theocratic government in Geneva, which provided a home base for Protestantism throughout Europe. *

Fascinating Letters From the Time Archives

Time shares the 7 most fascinating letters from their archives. They come from Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams, among others.

What Is an Evangelical?

Christianity Today: “About 2 out of 5 Protestants who call themselves evangelicals no longer qualify under a new definition of what true evangelicals believe. Meanwhile, 1 in 5 Protestants who don’t self-identify as evangelicals actually have beliefs matching the new definition of evangelical.”

Packer

Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology.

—J.I. Packer

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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.