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Sunday A La Carte

Happy Sunday! If you have a few spare moments to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon, here are some links that may be of interest.

“Christ Be All”

Here’s a beautiful new hymn that makes for good listening on a Sunday morning.

Why I’d Go to Church If I Were Not a Pastor

H.B. Charles Jr. tells why he would go to church even if his livelihood didn’t depend on it. If you’re reading this early on a Sunday morning and thinking about not going to church, well, let him persuade you to get up and go!

Rest In Peace Larry Tesler

Larry Tesler was the mind behind a little computer-based function none of us want to do without! “Tesler spent his career working at a number of the most high-profile tech companies in the business, including Xerox, Amazon and Yahoo, and was hired by Steve Jobs to work at Apple, where he served as chief scientist and spent more than 15 years. Tesler’s speciality was something called user interface engineering — the design of electronic, mobile or personal computer systems to make them more responsive and intuitive and therefore easier for people to understand and use.”

Surrender Your Right to be Angry with Your Spouse

“He had every reason to be mad for awhile. He could have punished me with cold silence or long explanations of how mean my words had been. He would have been justified in holding onto his anger for the rest of the night, in staying on the far edge of his side of the bed, unyielding. He could have awakened the next morning with anger still burning inside, not yet ready to forgive his wife and closest friend. He could have done any of those things with perfectly legitimate cause. But he didn’t.”

How Presidential Debates Evolved Over Time (Video)

WSJ explains why presidential debates exist and how they’ve evolved over time.

4 Reasons Why We Should Preach Hard Texts

John Piper offers four reasons that preachers shouldn’t shy away from the hard texts. (Which reminds me of a church I went where the pastor decided to preach Romans, but to skip chapter 9 lest he offend people with the tricky texts related to predestination.)

It’s Never Too Early

It’s never too early to build good habits with your family. “The children get their breakfasts of cereal or mugs of heavily creamed coffee then sit down. My husband, who has been up an hour before me this morning, opens a black Bible to the place we are in the story and begins to read once everyone has what they need.”

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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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.