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A La Carte (September 4)

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It has been a strong week for Kindle deals, and the tend continues today with another batch of good books.

A Case for Being Honest with Your Elders

Wendy Alsup writes about the important of being honest and vulnerable with your elders. “I snuck into the bright sanctuary of the church and snagged a seat on the back row, taking in the people, the pastor, and the liturgy of the service. I was home for Christmas visiting my parents in South Carolina, knowing that, due to the divorce bearing down on my family, I would be moving there from Seattle for good in a few months. I was going to be landing in South Carolina broken and hurting. Despite the safety net my family provided, I knew I needed a strong church community.”

Moynihan’s Law

Andrew Wilson tells how Moynihan’s Law may apply to Christians. “‘The amount of violations of human rights in a country,’ argued Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ‘is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.’ In other words: the better things get, the worse they seem.”

A Stranger Helped My Family at Our Darkest Moment

This one isn’t written by a Christian writer, but is a well-told story of how a stranger helped her family.

Metaxas, Profanity, and Dignity

Samuel James writes about a recent situation with Eric Metaxas. “The F-word has made a stunningly quick journey from cultural stigma to cultural mainstay, but that does not change its meaning or the imagery it is intended to conjure up. Until very recently anyone who shouted such a thing at a mixed group would have been publicly shamed at a minimum, and likely physically confronted.”

How Do Potholes Work? (Video)

While it’s probably not the most enthralling subject for a video, if you encounter as many potholes as I do, you may be interested to know where they come from.

Why Was Satan Allowed to Torment Job? (Job 1)

What Bible-reader hasn’t wondered why Satan was allowed to tempt Job?

Thinking Theologically About Racial Tensions (Series)

Kevin DeYoung edited his series on thinking theologically about racial tensions and put it all in a single PDF file. It’s a helpful resource.

Flashback: You Must Put Sin to Death

The world, the flesh, and the devil tell us to pursue our sin, to enjoy our sin, to go deeper and deeper into our sin, to identify ourselves by our sin, to become our sin. God’s Word tells us to identify our sin, to hate our sin, to destroy our sin. And by God’s grace we can do that very thing.

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.

—C.S. Lewis

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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?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…