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Weekend A La Carte (10/22)

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Love Wins Companion – Rob Bell is releasing a companion to Love Wins. Here’s some classic publisher hyperbole: “In The Love Wins Companion, Rob Bell offers commentary on the positive and negative attention his groundbreaking book is receiving, delivering a crucial supplement to one of the most important books since the Bible.”

The Three Musketeers – I’m not sure why, but I enjoy reading reviews of movies I don’t ever intend to see. The Three Musketeers falls into that category. This review made me laugh. “’Evil is just a point of view,’ says the unscrupulous Cardinal Richelieu in the latest film adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ 19th-century novel. But such moral relativism cuts both ways. Bad is also just a point of view. The Three Musketeers, for instance, is a bad film only if you happen to be watching it from a theatre seat.”

Boomtown – An interesting article from CNN on one of America’s boomtowns.

Sukkot – Here’s a photo gallery from the Jewish celebration of Sukkot. This morning I was out for a walk, listening to 2 Corinthians. This line seems appropriate: “To this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.”

Sins of Omission – “Ask any group of leaders if humility is important, and almost every one of them will nod their heads and tell you that the world needs more humble leaders in every field, from business to politics to, well, everywhere. Ask that same group if they would like an opportunity to be humbled, and virtually every one of them will decline.”

Insult Like Shakespeare – The man wasn’t ever lacking for words.

More Power to Ya – I somehow came across this–Tim McGraw singing a classic Petra song. I kind of like the country spin on it.

In the last analysis, we sin not because we have to but because we want to.

—Henry Jacobsen

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

    A La Carte: Folly has a strategic plan to get you / The power of a health warning / Sex is not a solution to marital tension / What do you do when your suffering is your fault? / We can’t think or live Christianly / Good news for African girls / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…