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A La Carte (September 2)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a whole stack of books on marriage. I’ve put the first few in the order I’d recommend reading them.

You’ve got just one more day to take advantage of Logos’s great deal on the Word Biblical Commentary (which is discounted from $1199.99 to just $399.99).

(Yesterday on the blog: May the Peoples Praise You)

A Word to Preachers on Different Types of Preacher

Mark Loughridge “recently saw video clip featuring Alistair Begg describing different types of preachers—poor preachers: The Cheerleader (always looking applause), The Conjuror (pulling things out of the text which aren’t there)…” He adds a few to the list.

Full Day View of Hurricane Dorian

There is strange and terrifying beauty in a video like this one, which shows Hurricane Dorian from above over the course of a day.

The Post-Truth World of Influencer Romances

There’s some ugly stuff in this article from Wired, but it’s good to know, considering the outsized influence social media influencers have, especially over young folk. “Here are some new ways to describe your upcoming nuptials, courtesy of Tana Mongeau, one half of YouTube’s most controversial power couple. You are invited to: ‘a lighthearted thing we’re obviously doing for fun and content,’ that’s ‘one of the biggest days of my career,’ and marks the start of ‘a 72-day Kim Kardashian marriage,’ a union in ‘Holy Cloutrimony’ that you can watch live for just $50.”

Can Loved Ones in Heaven Look Down on Me?

John Piper answers what’s quite a common question. In short, “Ultimately, I think the answer is that we don’t know for sure. At least, we don’t know to what extent they might be allowed to see and know all that happens on earth.”

Find A Church First?

We’re often told that before we move somewhere, we ought to find a good church there. I think it’s generally sound advice, but this article explains why it’s not quite so simple. “This advice is well-intended, but I’m not convinced that it is appropriate to the situation that we are living in today. There are a number of reasons for this.”

An Elevator Pitch for Church Membership

Do you believe in church membership? If not, maybe read this elevator pitch for it (and the slightly longer pitch that follows). For me, I believe church membership makes good sense of the biblical data.

Usage Share of Internet Browsers (Video)

Your interest in this video will probably vary with the length of time you’ve been on the Internet. It’s interesting to see how much has changed over the years when it comes to our most basic tool for experiencing the internet.

Flashback: The First Two Minutes Matter Most

Determine right now that when the service ends, you will do your utmost to give the first two minutes to someone you don’t know or to someone you don’t know well.

The only necessary key to understanding the Bible is to approach it with a humble and contrite heart softened by the Holy Spirit, ready to listen to what God says, and just as ready to obey him.

—David R. Helm

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    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

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    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…