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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

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    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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  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…