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Weekend A La Carte (April 10)

Good morning! Grace and peace to you as you serve the Lord this weekend.

I’m grateful to Medi-Share for sponsoring the blog this week.

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics along with some contemporary works.

(Yesterday on the blog: Men and Women in the Church)

The Most Valuable Resource in the World Today

Chris Martin: “One of the most dire consequences of our parasitic relationship with the social internet, in my view, is our willingness to freely give up treasure troves of data about ourselves. Just in the last week or so, it was revealed that 533 million Facebook users had personal data leak from the website. The data included phone numbers and email addresses. It ranks in the top five internet data leaks in history.”

Loyalty Matters: The Misunderstood Virtue

This is an interesting look at the virtue of loyalty. “As a leader, I don’t expect that everyone who works for me will agree with every decision I make. But I do expect that a rightly ordered loyalty means they will truthfully tell me when they disagree in an appropriate way.”

Whose Commandments Are These? The Ten Words and the New Covenant

Thomas Schreiner has written a helpful one on the ten commandments. “If most Christians were asked if they should keep the Ten Commandments, they would answer, ‘Of course!’ Fundamentally, that answer is correct and reflects the wisdom of the ages, the wisdom that has been passed on from the early church to our own day. And yet the question is more complex than it appears at first glance.”

Does God Love The Wicked The Same Way He Loves The Elect? (Video)

I tell you—no one answered this kind of question better than R.C. Sproul.

Social Commentary Blows Away with the Wind

I quite agree with this article from Doug Eaton. “I am growing more convicted that much of what Christian writers, myself included, spend time writing about will not stand the test of time.”

Keira Bell: My Story

I hate to think how often Keira Bell’s tragic story will be told a few years from now. “After a series of superficial conversations with social workers, I was put on puberty blockers at age 16. A year later, I was receiving testosterone shots. When 20, I had a double mastectomy. By then, I appeared to have a more masculine build, as well as a man’s voice, a man’s beard, and a man’s name: Quincy, after Quincy Jones.” While it’s not written from a Christian perspective, it aptly communicates the tragedy of what’s happening today to a growing number of boys and girls.

Here’s a Different Take on Identity Politics and Patriotism (Video)

Different, indeed.

Flashback: I Wish I Was Rich

Generosity isn’t about how much you have, but what you do with the bit you do have. It isn’t about what you would do with more, but what you actually do with what you’ve got.

It is hypocritical to pray for victory over our sins yet be careless in our intake of the Word of God.

—Jerry Bridges

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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 (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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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.

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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 (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.

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    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?…