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Weekend A La Carte (April 3)

May God bless you this weekend as you serve him and remember the day of Christ’s resurrection.

Today’s Kindle deals include an interesting little collection of varied titles.

(Yesterday on the blog: Always Read the Story to the End)

When It’s Time to Leave a Church

There can be very legitimate, but also very illegitimate, times to leave a church. H.B. Charles Jr. offers some ways to distinguish them in this article.

The World Wants Us To Hate One Another (Video)

We’d all do well to consider what Todd Friel says here—that the world wants Christians to hate one another.

Turning The Trans Tide

It’s interesting to read how the UK seems to have been able to turn the trans tide, at least for now. “After years in which the trans-rights movement seemed unstoppable, Britain has put the brakes on. The government has abandoned a proposal to streamline ‘gender self-identification.’ Bien-pensant opinion has become more skeptical. Whistleblowers from the medical world are speaking out. And in December 2020, the country’s only gender identity clinic for under-18s suffered a major legal defeat. It was about what happened next to Keira Bell.”

When the Bible Turns Into Instagram

Trevin Wax considers the “Instagramification” of the Bible. “In talking with my daughter, I realized that all the anxious thoughts, weird postings, and strange obsessions that accompany social media platforms like Instagram had arrived on the Bible app itself. And while she enjoyed the connection she made to a few friends, the distraction of so many competing voices and the drive toward self-expression proved overwhelming. So, for her, it’s back to the printed Bible exclusively for now.”

How the Golden Ray’s Final Voyage Went Wrong in a Hurry

It has been a long time since I’ve read an article from Car and Driver, but I found myself rather enjoying this description of the salvage of the MV Golden Ray. “Before it capsized, the MV Golden Ray shuttled cars through the auto industry’s global supply chain for two years, leading a nondescript existence in the world of modern shipping operations. More than two football fields long and 17 stories tall, this roll-on/roll-off vehicle transporter makes your double-decker pontoon boat look like a bath toy.”

Blame It On the Masons

“I found myself inwardly grateful for the simple honesty that following Jesus affords. We don’t have to latch on to elaborate stories to excuse away the actions of Christians who are not acting according to the Bible. We can simply say that their words and actions contradict God’s word – and that if they are true believers they will come to repent of them sooner or later. We don’t have to hide our own two-facedness, or that of our tribe. We can admit it, call it what it is, and bring it to the cross for forgiveness and change.”

Why Reading Books You Disagree With Helps You Grow

There is definitely something to be said for [sometimes] reading [certain] books you disagree with.

Flashback: How To Grow in Self-Confidence

I determined that when I spoke I would do so with God’s authority, not mine. I decided I wouldn’t stand up in front of people and share my own opinions or bestow my own wisdom. Rather, I would ground what I say in the Bible.

When we think of Christ’s dying on the cross we are shown the lengths to which God’s love goes in order to win us back to Himself.

—Sinclair Ferguson

  • Like an iPhone

    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.

  • 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?…