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Sunday A La Carte (August 25)

I am beginning a week of teaching at Muskoka Bible Centre—one of my favorite places in Ontario. As I begin with back-to-back morning services, here is one of those occasional Sunday A La Carte articles.

How the Shortage of Young Men in Churches Affects Marriage

Joe Carter: “American churches don’t just have a deficit of men—they have a shortage of unmarried young men. This trend makes it harder for young women find mates who are spiritually compatible.”

Was E-mail a Mistake?

Yes, I think it was (and is)! “The dream of replacing the quick phone call with an even quicker e-mail message didn’t come to fruition; instead, what once could have been resolved in a few minutes on the phone now takes a dozen back-and-forth messages to sort out. With larger groups of people, this increased complexity becomes even more notable. Is an unresponsive colleague just delayed, or is she completely checked out? When has consensus been reached in a group e-mail exchange?”

Top Ten Tips on Leading a Time of Prayer

Tim Chester gives ten helpful tips on leading a time of prayer.

Fear or Faith?

“I often say that God is sovereign—meaning he is totally in control. Not one thing happens that he is not in control of. Having that level of power could be a very scary thing if it were to fall into the wrong hands. Thankfully, I also know that God is good. That level of power in the right hands could be a great thing. Thankfully, God’s hands are not only the right ones, but the perfect ones.”

3 Ways to Kill Gossip

This is a sin we need to put to death. “There are few more sinister and Satanic assaults on the inside of the church than gossip. Like a parasitic demon, it often creeps in under the guise of victimhood; whispering to its host, ‘You really need to share your hurts and opinions with someone. It’s the Christian thing to do.’”

The Reward of Sin

What a vivid illustration!

What Apostates Don’t Say

“When people walk away from Christianity, there are some common reasons they give. They often stem from an unwillingness to maintain the Bible’s authority in the face of mounting criticism from an increasingly secular world. In some cases, it’s because of morality, other times it’s science, still others it’s the resistance of institutional authority.”


  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.