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A La Carte (November 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of a grab bag of books and Bibles.

How Much Should a Pastor Tell His Wife?

“As an elder or church leader, how should you understand your wife’s ‘clearance level’? Is there a baseline curiosity that mercy should satisfy? Does the one-flesh status of marriage grant full access to counseling details? Partial access? Or should there be an impenetrable firewall between our work at church and our wife at home?” These are questions most pastors wrestle with.

The Heroic Death of Chariots of Fire’s Eric Liddell (Video)

It was great to see Today I Found Out run this video on the life and death of Eric Liddell.

When and Why Did Weekly Children’s Classes Begin in Churches?

“In recent years, a small but vocal cluster of church leaders has contended that age-organized programs and ministries in the church should be eliminated. These proponents of ‘family-integrated church’ have called for churches to dismantle programs that practice systematic ‘age-segregated discipleship.’ In churches that follow this model, the congregation has no youth ministers, children’s ministers, or nursery.” Be sure to check out the whole three-part series.

What is the Mission of the Church?(Video)

Kevin DeYoung talks about the mission of the church.

How to Block All the Troubling Stories in Your Social Media Feeds

“Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to keep up with family and friends, and even a bare minimum of news, without being forced to see every dreadful thing that the Facebook sidebar throws in your face?” That sounds pretty good, actually.

Remarkable Bible Memorization

Be inspired by this amazing example of memorizing Scripture.

Why is a Membership Directory a Pastor’s Second Most Important Book? (Video)

Garrett Kell talks about membership directories and their importance to a pastor.

Flashback: The Commandment We Forgot

It is a commandment with application to the home, church, and workplace, a commandment that provides a stable foundation to all of society. Yet it is a commandment that is sorely neglected today. It may not be overstating the case to call it the commandment we forgot. It is the fifth of God’s ten great commandments to humanity: Honor your father and mother.

The law may express sin but it cannot suppress sin.

—Thomas Adams

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    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.