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A La Carte (September 24)

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Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of interesting books. There is a selection from Crossway, a couple by John MacArthur, and even more besides.

(Yesterday on the blog: Thank God for the IMB)

I Hate That There Has To Be Adoption

“As an adoptive mom who is walking alongside kids who grieve what they have lost, I grieve over the flippancy that my culture treats biology and its bonds. In an age of Tinder and no-fault divorce, more and more kids aren’t being raised by biological parents. Yes, God can redeem any situation, but let’s not pretend the brokenness isn’t there.”

How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

Isn’t this the truth: “Suffering draws out the true thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, and desires of your heart.”

5 Reasons to Avoid “Risk-Free” Tithing

“The act of presenting a church refund policy on tithes has been both lauded for its ingenuity and criticized as gimmicky. While the practice likely leads to more funds being given to the kingdom of God and encourages some believers to take their first steps in giving, it also runs the risk of doing harm to the proclamation of the gospel.” Please don’t do this!

Who Should Study the Bible’s Original Languages? (Video)

Here is one theologian’s take on how anyone can benefit from even a little knowledge of the Bible’s original languages.

The Unlikely Endurance of Christian Rock

Just like the title says, this New Yorker article is about the endurance of Christian rock music.

Let’s Bring Back the Sabbath as a Radical Act Against the Always-On Economy

This isn’t written for a Christian audience but still has some interesting observations about the benefit of sabbath. “The fourth commandment presents a god who, rather than demanding ever more work, insists on rest. The weekly Sabbath placed a hard limit on how much work could be done and suggested that this was perfectly all right; enough work was done on the other six days.”

Flashback: The End of the World As We Know It: An Infographic

Of all the many requests we’ve had for infographics, none has been as consistent as the request for a visual presentation of the different views of the end times. And for good reason–it is a complicated and much-debated subject. Eager to please, we got to work on a graphic we’ve called “The End of the World As We Know It.”

To know you are a beloved child of God protects you from thinking of prayer as a ladder to God or an exercise by which you work your way into his favour.

—Michael Reeves

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    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.

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

    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?…