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Weekend A La Carte (1/22)

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So the Blue Jays traded Vernon Wells. I didn’t think it could be done. The Jays are without Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells, the two men who for so many years were the face of the franchise. I hardly know what to think.

MacArthur & Patrick – John MacArthur has responded to some of the buzz about what he said about Darren Patrick. GTY’s Director of Internet Ministry explains further. I especially appreciate this: “Listen. John has more than fifty years of preaching faithfully, more than forty years in the same pulpit—don’t you think you ought to listen? Don’t despise the older generation; don’t dismiss their wisdom; don’t ignore their criticisms of you.”

Saying What You Believe – Piper makes a good point in this short article: instead of saying you’re a Calvinist, it may be better to just describe what you mean.

Tracking Down My Online Haters – A sports writer tracks down the people who use social media to saw horrible things about him and finds out that they’re actually normal, likeable people.

Worthless Small Talk – Small talk is the topic of this brief article by C.J. Mahaney. And I like what he has to say. Let’s not despise the little things that give flavor to life, even if it’s hard to see how they directly contribute to any kind of big picture.

The Ehrman Project – The Ehrman Project is a site dedicated to answering the questions raised by Bart Ehrman, who is relentless in his criticisms of Christianity.

Responding to the Great Distraction – Thom Rainer says that if your standards for church membership are low, you shouldn’t be surprised when the church is full of grumblers.

The Lord of the Rings – This may be the most marvelously entertaining thing I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a one-man Lord of the Rings. And since it’s Saturday, you’ve got an excuse to take a few minutes to watch it. This is part 1 of 4.

If one man should suffer all the sorrows of all the saints in the world, yet they are not worth one hour’s glory in heaven.

—Chrysostom

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    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.

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    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…

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    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…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…