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A La Carte (September 10)

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(Yesterday on the blog: Announcing Advance! and Aging Gracefully)

How Prayer Exposes the Illusion of Control

“Prayer reminds us that control is an illusion, a farce. We don’t have it. But, far from driving us to depression, I think this fact drives us to dependence. When we depend on God, we see him in a whole new light. We’re reminded that the God that we serve is eager to do good to us.”

Inemuri, The Japanese Art of Sleeping at Work

How interesting… “In most countries sleeping at work is not only embarrassing, it might even cost one’s job. But in Japan, sleeping in the office is common and is socially accepted. In fact, it is often seen as a sign of diligence, as in—’the person is so dedicated to their job that they worked themselves to exhaustion.’”

By Some Means…

“In recent years, a number of Reformed theologians have introduced the phrase ordinary means of grace to a forthcoming generation of ministers. The incorporation of this phase into the vocabulary of the church has been quite easily observable–especially in serious-minded Confessionally Reformed churches where it has become something of a Shibboleth of orthodox worship and missions.”

The 750,000 Bunkers of Albania (Video)

I’ve never been to Albania, but was fascinated by this video. (Note: There’s an “OMG” along the way). “Albania’s most visible uniqueness. A negative that’s so definitive of the nation that it has almost become a positive.”

He Will Hold Me Fast

Here’s the story and theology behind a great song. “Paul pressed on. He was diligent. He labored. He applied himself. He strained to endure and increasingly make Jesus his own. But he knew that all his striving and enduring was enabled decisively by the power of Christ, who had made him his own and would certainly hold him fast.”

Hidden Gems

This would be good for church leaders to consider. “Do we expect that Sunday school teachers should have a degree? Should only professionals distribute communion? Does a deacon need to wear a suit and tie? If you’re looking to train up someone to preach, why is the lawyer in your congregation any more qualified than the plumber? Could somebody with a history of drug abuse be your next worship leader?”

Core Christianity Radio

Last week marked the beginning of a new radio show I’m excited about: Core Christianity radio with Michael Horton. Here’s the info…

Flashback: Six Reasons Why Adultery Is Very Serious

Children thrive when there is structure, when there is stability, when there is peace and order. Children are harmed when adultery brings chaos and conflict and disunity.

The cross is not a mere event in history; it’s a way of life!

—John Piper

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…