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A La Carte (September 22)

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Efficient or Effective

After telling about some ridiculous inventions, this author says, “This is mystifying until you realize that people don’t love digital technology because it makes them more productive or efficient; they love technology because it makes them feel like they’re more productive and efficient.”

Does Your Social Media Outrage Bear False Witness?

“What we post on social media can take on a life of its own. The matter feels urgent, so we hastily type rebuttals. Veiled as zeal for truth, we run to our computers and phones to adjust error and admonish the man who got it all wrong. Any public misstep can be called out to legions of our followers who, in turn, can pass on the public rebuke to their followers.”

Why Doesn’t God Just Talk To Me?

Now that’s a good question: Why doesn’t God just talk to me?

Five Elements of a Church Membership Class

Your Church does have membership, right? And it does have a class?

How Many Christians?

Philip Jenkins takes a shot at determining how many Christians there were in the days of the early church.

Am I a Backslidden Christian or an Unbeliever? (Video)

How do I know if I am a backsliding Christian or an unbeliever? Dr. Jeremy Pierre answers in Honest Answers from Southern Seminary.

Will the Punishment in Hell Be Experienced Forever?

This has become a hotly disputed matter. “Currently, there’s a movement among some members of the church towards annihilationism (or ‘conditionalism’)—that is, the idea that the punishment given at the end of time to those who have not been pardoned of their moral crimes will not be experienced through all eternity. Rather, their final punishment will be annihilation—they will cease to exist—and it’s their nonexistence that will last throughout eternity.”

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • 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…