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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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    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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  • 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…

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  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…