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A La Carte (September 14)

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10 Things you Can’t Expect from Church Volunteers

Church leaders may benefit from reading this list. “Expect too little and they don’t see their contribution as important and flake out. Expect too much and risk losing the very people you desperately need.”

Pastor-Scholar? Not Likely…

Mark Jones does well at taking a contrary view, and he does that here when discussing the idea of the pastor-scholar. “This is a term I’m starting to feel a little suspicious about, especially if the words ‘pastor’ and ‘scholar’ are not going to be diluted regarding their meaning or compromised regarding the quality demanded of each ‘job’.”

Sex is Less Significant Than You Think

Tim Chester has a good one today: “Sex does its job beautifully. It binds couples together in life-long union. And it does that job wonderfully. But don’t make sex do a job it’s not designed to do. Sex is very significant, but it’s not that significant – it’s not a substitute for God.”

This Day in 407. Possibly the greatest preacher of his era, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, was martyred having been forced to march into remote exile despite severe illness. *

The Mind-Bending Physics of a Tennis Ball’s Spin

This article helps explain why I wasn’t ever much of a tennis player. “Tennis has been called the game of inches, of kings, of poets, of love, of errors, of endurance, of a lifetime. But those are mostly metaphors. Really, tennis is the game of spin.”

Love is Not a Verb

With apologies to D.C. Talk. “I think it’s time to dispel a popular platitude infecting many Christian pop songs, sermons, blog posts and other half-baked but well-intentioned mediums. Love is not a verb.”

At What Point Does the Homosexual Agenda Become a National Religion?

Daniel Horowitz asks what is becoming an increasingly important question: At what point do old religions get run over by this new one?

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Our social media presence should be an outgrowth of, not alternative to, local ministry and friendship.

—Gavin Ortlund

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    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

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    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.