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A La Carte (September 2)

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Here’s some news: Westminster Books has received their shipment of Seasons of Sorrow and has decided to ship it right away. So if you ordered from them, the book should be on its way. They have also made it their deal of the week so it’s a good time to order.

One Audiobooks has a free copy of Anne of Green Gables if you’d like it. (It’s still and always one of my favorite novels.)

Today’s Kindle deals include Dane Ortlund’s Deeper among others.

The “Good, Better, and Best” of Worship

“Throughout church history, there has been a tendency for serious, theologically-minded believers (and we should all want to be serious, theologically-minded believers) to fall into the trap of being overly critical of the way in which other believers approach the adiaphora circumstances of worship.” This is most certainly true.

For this Purpose I Raised You Up

“When we read God’s statement in scripture where he says, ‘For this very purpose I have raised you up,’ commonplace religion has conditioned us always to expect the reason to be something positive for the person addressed.” But in what context does God use those words?

Money’s Not the Problem

“He sat in front of me, bitter and discouraged. His view of his life was that he had been dealt a bad hand. He hated the comfortable lifestyle of so many people around him, and he had long since given up any practical belief in the goodness of God. He had started out our time together by saying this: ‘I’m here to get your advice because my wife told me to get help or she would leave, but I don’t want you to talk to me about God.’”

Panic

There’s lots to think about in this article from Jake Meador as he considers Rod Dreher’s argument that it’s time for a moral panic.

If we don’t understand how people actually live, our solutions won’t really appeal

I suppose that’s common sense. But I think it’s still good to consider.

After Church Discipline: Comfort After Removing a Loved One from Membership

“With a heavy heart, I walked into the church building knowing what was about to take place. As a church, we were gathering together to exercise the final step of church discipline: removal from membership. When the call to vote came, I cast my head down and raised my hand to vote for removal.”

Flashback: The First Two Minutes Matter Most

Here’s the challenge: 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…It’s the first two minutes that matter most.

If you show me a person whose life is governed by the Word of God, I will show you a person whose life is governed by the Spirit of God.

—H.B. Charles Jr.

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    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

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    The Great Rewiring of Childhood

    I know I’m getting old and all that, and I’m aware this means that I’ll be tempted to look unfavorably at people who are younger than myself. I know I’ll be tempted to consider what people were like when I was young and to stand in judgment of what people are like today. Yet even…

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    A La Carte (April 19)

    A La Carte: The gateway drug to post-Christian paganism / You and I probably would have been nazis / Be doers of my preference / God can work through anyone and everything / the Bible does not say God is trans / Kindle deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (April 18)

    A La Carte: Good cop bad cop in the home / What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? / The sacrifices of virtual church / A neglected discipleship tool / A NT passage that’s older than the NT / Quite … able to communicate / and more.

  • a One-Talent Christian

    It’s Okay To Be a Two-Talent Christian

    It is for good reason that we have both the concept and the word average. To be average is to be typical, to be—when measured against points of comparison—rather unremarkable. It’s a truism that most of us are, in most ways, average. The average one of us is of average ability, has average looks, will…