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Sunday A La Carte

This was one of those weeks where my meandering through the various sites and blogs I read uncovered a lot of good articles–to many to include in just six days. So for that reason I’m offering a rare Sunday edition of A La Carte. Enjoy these links!

What Does It Really Mean to Be the Salt of the Earth?

Andrew Wilson considers the various ways salt was significant in Jesus’s day. “An awful lot of Jesus’s disciples, the very people whom he identified as the salt of the earth, are still not entirely clear on what he meant. Lots of us have heard explanations of it—our job is to make the world taste better or stop it from rotting—but these explanations often conflict with each other and suffer from various problems.”

Is this A Biblical Issue?

“The overwhelming majority of things that people get hot under the collar about in churches are neither matters of outright heresy nor biblical issues. There is plenty that we do in our churches that, at best, are legitimate applications of biblical principles or simply indifferent things.”

He Really is On the Move

Sometimes we all need to be reminded and assured that the Lord really is on the move.

Fun and Games in Youth Ministry

These are some good thoughts about the proper place of fun in youth ministry. “Fun is not the enemy, and it’s time for youth workers to sit down and really think about their approach to games as a discipleship tool in their ministry.”

Run with Confidence

“In the middle of a long race, doubt can be a killer. Realizing how far you have to go, the present ache in your body can make finishing seem unlikely. Doubt then quickly transforms itself into certainty and you give up. Likewise, it is with the Christian life. If we doubt our ability to trust and obey the Lord until the end, then we will make it even harder to persevere and we might be tempted to quit. Therefore, when we find the race that God has set before us difficult, we need to run with confidence. How might we do that?” Patrick Ramsey offers three considerations.

Why Good Theology Matters in Prayer

Is there such a thing as a bad prayer? That’s the question Pat Quinn considers and answers in this article.

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    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.