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Weekend A La Carte (8/17)

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The Situation in Egypt – Dr. Terence Ascott, CEO and Founder of SAT-7 International, writes about the current situation in Egypt, what is going on there, how it differs from media portrayals, and how Christians can pray about it.

The Temptation of Jesus – Byron Yawn writes about the temptation of Jesus and what it means. “A ‘how to’ on resisting temptation is a secondary application at best if not tertiary. He’s not telling us to do anything. He’s actually doing it for us. There is something much greater under way in this moment. More importantly, do we need to be standing within view of the actual site to realize how misguided our take on it is?”

Same Sex Attraction – Kevin DeYoung: “I’m sure there is much more that should be said–and equally sure that many can say these things better than I can–but as a starting place I believe our churches should make these five commitments to those struggling with same sex attraction in our midst.”

The Dread Pony – Here is an article about yet another fad. I link to it mostly because the author does such a good job of writing about it. “The thinking goes that the smirky ironic detachment of recent decades—​pretending to embrace low-culture totems for laughs​—​has grown stale. Now that the Internet has fragmented the culture into a million pieces, helping every maladjusted shut-in to realize his natural level of eccentricity, the only way for a self-respecting hipster or a Zuckerbergian alpha-nerd (the tribe that now runs the world) to distinguish himself is to enthuse over his enthusiasms without detachment or apology.”

An End of Books – Seth Godin has a fascinating look at what has happened to the book, the bookstore, the library, and other things we love.

Free from CBMW – CBMW has a couple of free books you can download in PDF format: Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem and 50 Crucial Questions About Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem

The essence of apostasy is changing sides from that of the crucified to that of the crucifier.

—John Stott

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    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.

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    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: 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.