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Sunday A La Carte (June 3)

It is a beautiful Saturday evening here in Livingstone, Zambia, as I prepare this collection of articles for Sunday morning. I have enjoyed Zambia tremendously and have been blessed to see the country and meet its people. I am about to head to church, then south to South Africa for a couple of days before beginning my journey home. Then another leg of this EPIC journey will be done.

Once again, I collected a lot of great links this week so thought I’d share the overflow on Sunday. Here goes!

This weekend only you can get a free e-book copy of David Mathis’s excellent Habits of Grace.

The Persistent and Pervasive Problem of Pseudo-Pique

You may not know the term, but you definitely know the reality it describes. “Pseudo means having the appearance of while not actually having, and pique means to affect with sharp irritation and resentment. The pseudo-pique is the sharing of ‘news’ that provokes the sham appearance of irritation or outrage. Rather than accurately expressing our actual emotion or level of concern, we act as if we care more about an even than we do (or even should).”

Why Won’t God Answer My Prayer?

I think it’s good from time to time to consider why God may not answer prayers. “So why do we so often see prayers go unanswered? Can we do anything about it? These promises about prayer are given to us in abundance, so what keeps us from seeing them fulfilled? Let me quickly offer 6 possibilities.”

Antony van Leeuwenhoek

Creation.com has an interesting profile of Antony van Leeuwenhoek, a name you probably don’t know, but perhaps should.

Small Church Pastors: A Tribute To The Forgotten Heroes

“Where did we get the idea that small churches are small because there’s something wrong with them and/or their pastors?” That’s a good question…

Christian Repentance in a Callout Culture

“Our culture is increasingly a shame culture. ‘Callout’ refers to the common practice of using one’s social media account to name and shame, often with the intended goal of inspiring those who follow your posts to likewise pile-on the other party. As many are discovering, these kinds of shaming campaigns can have real power, especially if the offending party is supported by a corporate brand which fears the effect of such negative publicity.”

How to Sharpen Your Concentration for Bible Reading

These are useful tips for making sure you are making the most of your Bible reading.


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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.