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A La Carte (October 4)


There are some pretty good Kindle deals on offer today.

Westminster Books also has some good deals this week, focused on books related to sexuality.

Learning to Dream Again

Basically, if Heidi Tai writes it, I’m going to read it.

7 Ways You Can Contribute to Better Public Discourse

“Here are their seven encouragements for individuals and families to be healthier contributors for the common good.” And that’s something that benefits us all.

Why Pornography Is Affecting This Generation More Than Any Other (Video)

“This generation has been more affected by pornography than any other generation in history. I believe there are four major reasons for this. They are acceptability, accessibility, affordability, and anonymity.” This is worth thinking about.

Greater Works and the Ordinary Christian Life

I enjoyed Eleazar’s reflections on growing contended in living an ordinary life.

Book Review: Letters to the Church, by Francis Chan

Sometimes a critical review can be an excellent teaching tool, and that’s exactly the case here. “Something is wrong with the American Evangelical church. You’ve thought that. You’ve voiced this concern. But have you ever been so discouraged by the state of the church today that you would walk away from it? That’s what Francis Chan did.”

Apologetics in Africa: An Introduction

“African Christianity is growing. Missiologists have noted the shifting of the Christian centre to the global South, to the effect that more churches are to be found in Africa, Asia and Latin America than Europe and North America. This shift has resulted in the concept of ‘reverse missions’ where currently people from the ‘Majority World’ are now taking the gospel back to lands that birthed exemplary missionaries such as Hudson Taylor, William Carrey and David Livingstone.”

The Shallowair Waste

Read, ponder, and enjoy this poem.

Flashback: How Can You Balance Life and Ministry and Your Passions and Hobbies?

At a recent event in India I was asked two interesting questions on a common theme: “How should a pastor balance his life outside of the church with his calling to ministry?” and “How should a pastor think about passions and hobbies outside of ministry?”

The fear of God promotes spiritual joy; it is the morning star which ushers in the sunlight of comfort.

—Thomas Watson

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

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    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.