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A La Carte (November 29)

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Blessings to you today.

Personally Against but Legally For

Writing for WORLD, Denny Burk explains why it doesn’t make sense to be personally against but legally for a changing definition of marriage.

Finding Hope When Things Aren’t As They Should Be

“They year is winding down, we’re getting busy making plans and preparations for different events. As we enter the first week of advent, what are you hoping for this season?”

What is revival? Should we expect it today?

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Self-promotion and the Kingdom of God

“Self-promotion has always been an unsettling idea for me (self promotion being exactly as it sounds: the promotion of myself or activities). Any attempt at it has always left me feeling like I just drank rotten milk; like something just isn’t right.” I feel much the same.

What are spiritual gifts and how do we use them?

This article borrows Piper’s very useful definition of spiritual gifts.

3 benefits of writing your prayers

Aaron Armstrong briefly explains some of the benefits of writing out your prayers.

Don’t Flatter the Wolves!

Sometimes we just need to out and call a wolf a wolf. “Paul warned us that wolves would arise within the church to attack the flock (Acts 20:29-30). It’s not good enough to flatter the wolves about their graciousness and seeking to be faithful to Christ. This is not protecting the flock but cosying up to the wolves and I can’t quite believe I’m reading conservative evangelicals doing it.”

Flashback: I Knew It!

In that moment we will know—we will know beyond all speculation, beyond all doubting, beyond all need for faith, that every effort was worth it, that no moment of suffering was in vain, that no sorrow will go uncomforted, that no ache will go unsoothed, that no tear will be left undried.

If you can parent without the guidance of the Holy Spirit and his Word, then it’s not really “Christian” parenting, is it?

—Chap Bettis

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.