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A La Carte (November 3)

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Praying For More Reformation

“As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s theses sparking the Reformation, perhaps the most reformed thing we could do would be to give ourselves to prayer. So much of the world still lives in darkness. And among those who claim faith in Jesus, so many still live within the bondage of a moralistic, works-based theology. The need for light-after-darkness hasn’t gone away.”

Accommodating Rome?

Richard Phillips: “Probably the most interesting Reformation celebration that I had the privilege of participating in last month took place in a Roman Catholic Church. The Center for Evangelical Catholicism here in Greenville, SC graciously invited me to join with two other Protestants and three Roman Catholic scholars to discuss the Reformation. I was grateful for the warmth of my reception and for the valuable interaction.”

What is a Faithful Preacher?

Jason Allen writes: “What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness? While I acknowledge that whole books can be written to address these questions alone, let me offer at least six marks of a faithful preacher.”

Was Minnie Dean Really the Wickedest Woman in New Zealand History?

Do you know the legend of Minnie Dean? “No flowers grow on the grave of Minnie Dean, the baby farmer. She killed her charges with abandon, and a hatpin. She was the daughter of a clergyman, but bound for hell. She was wicked and wanton, and deserved to die. And if you were a naughty child growing up in Southland, New Zealand, she was coming to get you.”

4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline

“Some churches don’t practice discipline because they’re unaware of the biblical mandate or unsure how to start the process. Others, however, have concerns about the potential consequences of such a practice. They know what Scripture teaches on the matter but remain unconvinced as to its legitimacy or pragmatic viability.”

10 Things to Know About Sleep As the Clocks Go Back

“How much do we know about sleep and its impact on our lives, from our health and mood, to how long we’ll live?”

Our Minds Can Be Hijacked

This is an alarming article. It’s one to read carefully and evaluate thoughtfully before taking action on it.

Flashback: Do You Have the Faith to be Faithful

I want to consider what it means to have an exemplary faith, the kind of faith that, if imitated by others, will lead them to become more like Christ. Do you have that kind of faith? If people imitate you, will they in fact be imitating Jesus? This is no small challenge!

If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere.

—Leonard Ravenhill

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