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A La Carte (September 12)


There’s a nice little collection of Kindle deals to look at today.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Glory of Children Is Their Fathers)

Pastor and Mental Health Advocate Jarrid Wilson Dies by Suicide

Christianity Today covers the sad news of the death of Jarrid Wilson. “Jarrid Wilson, a California church leader, author, and mental health advocate, died by suicide Monday evening at age 30.” (See also: Andrew Roycroft)


Stephen McAlpine: “I was just finishing a sermon when it all came crashing down. Not my sermon. Me. I came crashing down. I remember the moment exactly. Sunday morning, Parkerville Baptist Church, 2005. It was the morning of the church open day. It was a hive of activity. A buzz. Marquees, tents, food, drinks, performances. And me, standing there like a zombie in the midst of it all.”

The Many Faiths of Alex Trebek

Here’s a fascinating look at the many faiths of Alex Trebek. “Some conservative evangelicals though, wanting to claim him, have contended that media moguls at CBS and NBC have edited out or ignored comments Trebek has made about prayers helping his recovery. If these conservative media watchdogs are right, perhaps he is more evangelical than we know.” However…

Apple is Bringing Back Crazy Colors after Years of Minimalism

There are some interesting insights here about how phones are accessories more than technologies. “Apple is thinking about its iPhones as accessories, not technologies. And color is currently on trend—perhaps no surprise for a time when many of us need something to feel better about the world.”

Younger Pastors and Senior Adults

This is such a good article for younger pastors to read as they care for senior adults.

The Troubling Case of Purdue Faculty Trying to Kick Out Chick-fil-A

Troubling, indeed. “This is especially troubling on a university campus. Making snap judgments stifles the free exchange of ideas and viewpoints that is such a necessary aspect of collegiate education. Chick-fil-A’s detractors might learn a thing or two about customer service and wise business practices if they look beyond their differences and practiced thoughtful communication.”

Treasures in the Trash (Video)

There are some fascinating people in the world. Like this one who spent his career collecting New York City trash while saving the best of it in a collection.

Flashback: The Greatest Burden of Leadership

Though I long to lead perfectly, because of Jesus my joy, my success, and my salvation do not depend on it.

Too much of our Sunday morning worship sets the cart of affections before the horse of belief.

—Jared Wilson

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    A La Carte (May 21)

    A La Carte: A theology of immigration / Christian catholicity in an online age / Violent pornography’s assault on the marriage bed / Heresy that warrants no apology / Franchising church / With each passing moment / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Why Do I Feel Such Profound Loneliness?

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

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    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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    A La Carte (May 20)

    A La Carte: What media got wrong about supposed Christian self-immolation / We are walking on holy ground / “His Glory and My Good” / How pop Nietzscheanism masquerades as Christianity / Why a full calendar doesn’t necessarily produce mature church members / Thinking biblically about social justice / John Piper Kindle deals / and…

  • One Measure of Greatness

    One Measure of Greatness

    While all of us ought to see evidence of marked growth in our knowledge of God, our relationship with him, and our obedience to him, none of us ever evolves beyond our need for the ordinary means of grace. We never “level up” to such a degree that we gain access to some hidden extraordinary…

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

    A La Carte: What it takes to survive ministry / The power of prayer / The dog’s game / Why do Christians do bad things? / Does it matter whether seminary education is in-person or online? / Greet one another with a … what? / and more.