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A La Carte (October 19)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some odds and ends worth checking out.

Are you planning to go to the G3 Conference in January? Register today and they’ll send you a free copy of my book Visual Theology.

Young Saints

This is a long, interesting, and sad article about Bethel Church. “Many of Bethel’s most outspoken critics are evangelical Christians who are deeply troubled by Bethel’s theology. They’re the kind of people who would normally mind their own business. But by now, Bethel and the School of Supernatural Ministry have grown so huge that they are inescapable. Bethel is everywhere: on the city council, behind the police department and the local charter school, waiting in the parking lot of the Walmart off of Route 44.”

There Is No Spiritualizing This One

You’ll love this story. And no, there’s no spiritualizing it.

What Is the Difference Between Protestantism & Roman Catholicism? (Video)

Sugel Michelén provides a brief but solid answer.

Top Ten Rookie Preaching Mistakes

There is wisdom here. Of course, every church needs to have tons of patience and allow rookie preachers to make some mistakes…

Two Indispensable Requirements for Pastoral Ministry

Kevin DeYoung lays ’em out. “Surely, there are many other things we can and should say about effective pastoral ministry. But in my experience, ministry won’t go well, and pastors won’t go far, without at least these two requirements…”

Suffering in Cyberspace

Douglas Groothuis: “While I have been critical of how the internet can depersonalize and cheapen human communication, I have found that it may be—at its best—a safe and edifying place for sharing suffering and hope. Here, as everywhere, we should live well before others so that God will be glorified and shalom will be spread locally and globally.”

Four Suggestions for Reading the Minor Prophets

As it happens, my reading plan is taking me through the minor prophets right now.

Flashback: The Missing Elements of Modern Worship

I’ve had the opportunity to attend many more churches and, as often as not, they have been similar, missing a lot of the elements that used to be hallmarks of Christian worship. Here are some of the missing elements of modern worship.

Love says, “I’ve seen the ugly parts of you, and I’m staying.”

—Matt Chandler

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    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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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.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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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.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…