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A La Carte (October 2)


Today’s Kindle deals include quite a long list to work through.

Westminster Books has the lowest price I’ve seen on the new Puritan documentary.

The Saddest Word

Janie Cheaney writes about the saddest word—one we are all too familiar with.

America: A Child Pornocracy

Rod Dreher: “I still can’t get over the big story in Sunday’s New York Times about the explosion in child pornography in the age of the Internet: last year, investigators found over 45 million videos and images of child pornography on the Internet — over twice what had been reported in the previous year.” He shares some of the terrible reality of the story.

The Changing Use of “Evangelical” in American History

It’s interesting to see how the word “evangelical” has changed in its use and meaning over the years.

The Sun Sets on We

I rather enjoyed this profile of the company WeWork. It tells how the company went from a Silicon Valley darling to one that has had to withdraw its IPO. Note, there are a few bad words along the way.

I Kept Going

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a child who ran the wrong race, but won anyway.

The Brokenhearted Pastor

“We should and will pastor sometimes with broken hearts. And that’s not wrong. It’s required. We need more pastors who know what it’s like to occasionally weep. We need to learn how to pastor with a broken heart.”

10 Things You Should Know about ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’

Leland Ryken shares 10 things you should know about Bunyan’s masterpiece.

Flashback: 5 Ways To Lose the Battle Against Sin

The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. One of the ways such deceit manifests itself is through convincing us that we have battled a sin and put that sin to death when really we have done nothing of the sort.

The Christian leads by example, not force, and is to be a model who invites a following, not a boss who compels one.

—John Stott

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    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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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • 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?…