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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 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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    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.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…