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Sunday A La Carte

As I collected links this week, I found the list growing and growing until I realized I had a lot more than I could put to use. So I decided to collect some of them into a special Sunday edition of A La Carte. Enjoy!

From time to time I like to link to some of the books I’ve been enjoying but don’t plan to review. In that vein, William Hague’s William Wilberforce is a brilliant biography of a great individual.

A Scandal Afoot?

WORLD covers the recent phenomenon of the Instagram account PreachersNSneakers. “WORLD asked 15 pastors featured on the site to respond to that question and also share the circumstances of their shoes. Were they a gift? Did they buy the sneakers before they were vintage? Only one pastor responded: ‘How’d you get my email?’”

Former FBI Agent Explains How to Read Body Language (Video)

I found this expert examination of body language rather interesting.

Find the Point of Entry

“We are, by nature, self-justifying creatures. Any sin to which we are prone may come with excuses. The circumstances under which we repeatedly find ourselves falling can readily be justified as necessary. Yet a repentant heart would do what is practicable to inconvenience itself enough to minimise repeat occurrences. There comes a point at which, if we’re not willing to do so, we are proactively giving sin a foothold and evidencing a heart that is happy to indulge sin. And that, dear reader, is a treacherous path indeed.”

What Does Job 31:13-15 Tell Us About the Unborn?

Jared Wilson explains. “This passage tells us at least three things about the unborn, and thus about abortion…”

5 Ways Stephen Hawking Was Wrong

David L. Block and Kenneth C. Freeman explain five of the ways that Stephen Hawking, despite his intellectual brilliance, was so very wrong.

How Dodge City Became The Ultimate Wild West

The Saturday Evening Post: “Everywhere American popular culture has penetrated, people use the phrase ‘Get out of Dodge’ or ‘Gettin’ outta Dodge’ when referring to some dangerous or threatening or generally unpleasant situation. The metaphor is thought to have originated among U.S. troops during the Vietnam War, but it anchors the idea that early Dodge City, Kansas, was an epic, world-class theater of interpersonal violence and civic disorder.”

The Plague of Lazy Pastors: Real Ministry Requires Hard Work

“The apostle Paul thought and spoke of Christian ministry as labor. He abhorred laziness in the pastorate.” So this article is meant to address pastors and encourage them on in the hard work God calls them to.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • 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.