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A La Carte (October 27)


Grace and peace to you today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Which Man Was More Free?)

A Reflection on Barna’s Open Generation Report

Youth Pastor Theologian offers some thoughts on a concerning new report from Barna. “This past summer, The Barna Group conducted a global survey that included over 24,000 teenagers from 26 different countries. These teenagers were asked about how they view Jesus, the Bible, and justice.”

Grateful for the Baby We Never Knew

Those who have experienced a miscarriage may find some comfort in this article from Sylvia.

What is the difference between men and women? (Video)

Kevin DeYoung takes on a question that has become controversial in these days.

How Not To Become a Celebrity Pastor

“We’ve been taught that the way you make an organization successful is by finding an exceptional person to lead it—a franchise player—who can put it on the map. Whether it’s Lebron James or Jeff Bezos, all organizations need a superstar. Unfortunately, the church has sometimes adopted this same approach to leadership. If our churches are going to ‘succeed,’ we figure we need our own franchise player to lead us—someone who is strong, dynamic, and inspiring.”

Too Old to Covet?

Andy thought he was was a bit too old to still struggle with a particular sin, but learned that was not the case.

Why the Church?

H.B. Charles Jr: “Christ is the head of the church. And he does not have out-of-body experiences. To submit to the authority of Jesus Christ over your life is to live in fellowship with the church. Here are nine reasons why you should have a high view of the church…”

Flashback: Forest Fires & Apple Orchards

The meek person remembers that he came to God with empty hands; he remembers that he stands before God with a broken heart; and so he has a quiet spirit.

The exercise of love is to be in strict conformity to the revealed will of God.

—A.W. Pink

  • Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention given to the ways that pastors may abuse their parishioners. Such attention is appropriate and every pastor ought to prayerfully guard himself against such abusive behaviors. Every church leadership structure ought to build rigorous systems of accountability and follow biblical guidelines in the…

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    A La Carte (May 29)

    A La Carte: A coward’s guide to evangelism / The great dechurching will hurt poor people / The unique experiences of pastors / Three words for Christian parents / Save the world, have a baby / The conquest of Canaan / Kindle and book deals.

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    A La Carte (May 28)

    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.