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A La Carte (October 22)


I mentioned the other day that when conferences go online, so too do their bookstores (and the deals they offer). So here’s the bookstore for the 2020 WTS Conference on Preaching. There are some great deals to be had. (Plus, don’t forget these 12 titles by MacArthur, on sale in both physical and electronic formats.)

(Yesterday on the blog: Random, Granular Tips for Christian Bloggers)

Should I Preach Without Notes?

Kevin DeYoung offers some level-headed thoughts on preaching with or without notes. (And yes, this is one of those subjects where some people hold their position with far too much strength, which is why I appreciate Kevin’s level-headedness.)

Why White Fragility Fails

Denny Burk comments on White Fragility and why it fails. Seeing as it is one of the most influential books in the world right now, it’s important to know what it’s saying and why it matters.

The 8 Flights That Show How COVID-19 Reinvented Aviation (Video)

This interesting video focuses on eight different flights that each show how aviation has been transformed in the past few months.

How to Stop Being Afraid of People, So You Can Start Getting Stuff Done

“I sometimes wonder how the Lord might have used me if I hadn’t been too afraid to pick up the phone, start a conversation, or make an embarrassing mistake. How many evangelistic opportunities have I walked away from? How many occasions to love my neighbor have I avoided? How many projects would have been better if I’d only had the courage to ask for help?”

Most Churches Holding Services, Few With Pre-COVID Attendance

Studies are showing that while most churches are now holding services, few have seen attendance rebound. (The question, of course, is whether the gap between pre-pandemic attendance and today’s attendance can be explained by only the most vulnerable people staying home, or whether there’s more to it than that…)

It’s Just Not the Same

Speaking of which, David Qaoud expresses here what the high-risk people who are staying home already know: it’s just not the same.

Would Someone Tell Me What 2 Thessalonians 2 Means?!

“It appears Paul is reminding the Thessalonians of what he had taught them earlier (2 Thess. 2:5–6). If only we could’ve been there to record that sermon! We may not be able to fully resolve every question that arises from this chapter, but enough is clear for us to receive the comfort and encouragement that Paul wanted to give the Thessalonians through this part of his letter.”

Flashback: Young Christian: Give the Lord a Lot to Work With

Those easy and attractive things that are fun, that demand no effort, that keep you squarely in your comfort zone, and that trigger all the brain’s pleasure centers—these can keep you from doing what ultimately counts for so much more.

A solitary Christian who thinks he can live independently of the church functions about as well as a thumb severed from its hand.

—Jen Pollock Michel

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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?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • 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…