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A La Carte (September 30)

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Your Church Needs You to Sing

So much changes in our worship services if we take this seriously: when we sing together as a church, we sing for the benefit of one another.

Christians Don’t Need to Submit to Every Scientific Finding

This article points out a key difference between two types of scientific finding. “One of the things I think to keep in mind is that there’s a difference between experimental science and what you might call historical science—or science that’s trying to reconstruct the far past.”

Modern Research about Happiness Repeatedly Parallels Biblical Principles

I guess this should be no great surprise. “With their talk of being thankful, serving others, and giving generously of time and money—accompanied by the assurance that money, sex, and power won’t buy happiness— progressive secular psychologists sound remarkably like old-fashioned preachers!”

Removed

This is a fascinating and effective series of photos meant to show how mobile phones dominate our lives.

Armed Security at Churches Is Becoming a New Norm…

How sad that armed security at church is becoming a new normal (across America, at least).

If Christians Care About Foster Care They Should Fight for Religious Freedom

Joe Carter says, “The tale of two Christian foster care agencies reveals the importance of fighting for religious liberty.”

Personal Thoughts on a Pastor’s Study

“It should come without saying — though maybe we should say it more often — a pastor is always a student.” Kyle Borg explains how this works out in his life.

Flashback: Maybe You Need To Declare a Name Amnesty Sunday

It’s probably a silly idea. It’s probably the kind of thing we came up with late on a Friday afternoon and laughed about before realizing, “Actually, maybe there’s something to this.”

If we disregard the voice of conscience, allowing sin to remain unconfessed and unforsaken, our faith will not long survive.

—John Stott

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  • 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)

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    A La Carte (February 20)

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  • 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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