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A La Carte (October 7)

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(Yesterday on the blog: Sing We the Song of Emmanuel)

7 Key Concepts for Biblical Preaching

There 7 solid concepts in this article that will serve every preacher.

Reconfiguring The American Household

There’s lots here that’s interesting, but what most gripped me was the animated chart about halfway down that shows over the past few decades the change in where and with whom 26-year-olds have lived. The times they are a-changing!

A Word About the Worship Center Doors

I appreciate this take on being to church on time. “This is a basic principle of love for your neighbor. I want to arrive early enough on Sunday, so I do not hinder my neighbor’s worship”

Snopes vs the Babylon Bee (Video)

Snopes keeps fact-checking the Babylon Bee. The headline here says Snopes doesn’t get the jokes, but I rather expect they do and just don’t like the punchlines.

David Bentley Hart’s Lonely, Last Stand for Christian Universalism

David Bentley Hart of Norte Dame is one of the world’s foremost “academic theologians.” This excellent article reviews his most recent book and shows how and why it falls so far short.

Boris Johnson and Hypocritical Pastors

The UK’s Boris Johnson provides an interesting study on the character of the pastor and his need to demonstrate integrity between his home life and public life.

Announcements at Church

My problem isn’t that churches do announcements—it’s that they often do them badly and in a way that disrupts the service. In this article you’ll read some reasons you ought to continue to do them (but to do them well).

Flashback: Daddy, How Do I Look?

God, protect her. God, keep her. She’s yours anyway, right? She’s mine for a day and yours for eternity. Bless her. Remember her.

Oh that men were half as careful in God’s service to serve him wisely, as his enemies are to attack his kingdom craftily.

—Charles Spurgeon

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…