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A La Carte (November 6)

Today’s Kindle deals include some general reading from Crossway and a solid series of commentaries from Zondervan.

Child-like Maturity and Childish Adulthood

“What does it mean to have a child-like faith? And how in the midst of their stormy youth are we adults to guide little ones away from childishness and toward the child-like maturity which Jesus commends as the only way to receive his kingdom? We could begin by shoring up our understanding of ‘child-like’ vs. ‘childish.’ Often without realizing it, and always to kids’ detriment, we adults tend to get those categories confused.”

The Ways Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer Death

Silicon has developed an obsession with conquering death. Here are there current best attempts to do so.

How Not to Be an American Missionary in Scotland

Though this warning is intended for Americans heading to Scotland, it has much wider application. “Cross cultural mission is difficult. There are dangers as well as opportunities. I believe that for American missionaries to be effective over here they need to have a passionate realism, a people centered ministry, a Biblical God centered theology and a willingness to work in partnership.”

Kids? Just Say No (Warning: Read my Description)

If you’re looking for an example of a worldview completely and utterly opposed to Scripture (yet compelling on a merely human level), you won’t do much better than this. Just count the ways he contradicts Scripture.

The Improbable Origins of PowerPoint

It’s fascinating to think these men had no idea they would be forever altering Christian worship as they hacked away at their software project.

The Revisionist History of the Gospel

“Do you ever get the sense from any of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ calling his disciples that he is looking for the cream of the crop? Does it appear as if Jesus is making a bee-line for the seminaries and the synagogues to find the A-list ministry studs?” Uh oh…

The Problem with Personal Bible Reading

“By nature of needing to find “one’s own” way, the culture of our time has of course given rise to individualism. And so, in this age of authenticity, for something to have meaning, to be helpful in me realizing my humanity, it often needs to be done alone.” That can be true even in our pursuit of the Lord.

Flashback: Is All Sin Equal in God’s Eyes?

Is all sin equal in God’s eyes? It is a common question and the answer is of the variety that is always a little bit unsatisfying: It is one of those “yes and no” answers.

Trials and tribulations are not an elective class in the Christian life, but a required course.

—Steven Lawson

  • 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.