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Weekend A La Carte (August 13)

Westminster Books has deals on a book meant to help you understand theology and one another that is meant to keep pastors from wavering.

(Yesterday on the blog: Tearing Us Apart)

A chat with Carl Trueman

I enjoyed WORLD magazine’s chat with Carl Trueman. Is he really learning the banjo?

How Ordinary Worship Is both Reverent and Relevant

This article lays out two errors in the way churches worship and says “on the surface, these two approaches to worship look very different, yet the reason for gravitating to either is usually the same. Fundamentally, what the searcher is longing for is something extraordinary, an escape from the suffocating ordinariness of their everyday lives. Only once they find that missing piece will they be able to experience the vital and vibrant Christianity that has evaded them thus far.”

5 New Stats You Should Know About Teens and Social Media

“How often does your teen use social media? What social media platforms are most popular among the students in your student ministry? Probably a lot, and probably YouTube and TikTok, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center.” This matters—perhaps especially to those of us who are raising teens.

Can the Devil Make Us Sin?

“How much of an impact does the devil have on our society today? How do we know whether something is an act of Satan or just our sinful nature?”

Look Until You See

Cass explains how she’s been learning to “exercise her wonder muscles.”

The Bible tells us the rest of the story about who we are

David looks to Francis Schaeffer to help us understand how the Bibles makes sense of the world.

Flashback: A Bunch of Good Reasons To Saturate Your Worship Services in the Bible

Just like removing too many elements of a pizza will call into doubt whether something still qualifies as pizza at all, removing too many elements of worship should call into doubt whether something still qualifies as a worship service.

If we as Christians are going to address sin, especially in other believers, it’s important that we address it specifically and with biblical categories.

—Shai Linne

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    A La Carte (July 22)

    A La Carte: No facts or evidence required / Unity is not the same as total agreement / Christians and magic / Beware of local cults / In the school of contentment / Books by Jen Wilkin / and more.

  • The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Hands and Feet of the Bible

    The Bible has life and the Bible brings life because it has been spoken by God. The Bible’s life, its voice, its feet, and hands are the life, voice, feet, and hands of God extended toward his people. For that reason among others it is always worthy of our time, our attention, and our dedication.

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 20)

    A La Carte: The wedding of the century / Why grieving people need a theology of giving / God desires your happiness / Sincere love and hospitality in the church / Real life is a better teacher than social media / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (MBTS)

    This week Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the Church Institute is a free online platform from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary designed to provide free and accessible theological training to equip, encourage, and edify local churches. Courses may be taken as a self-paced individual or as a group within your…

  • A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    A Field Guide on Gender and Sexuality

    God’s design for gender and sexuality is fixed and unchanging. The way he created us is the way he means for us to live. The instruction he provides in the Bible is all we need to understand his purpose and live it out in a way that honors and pleases him. The wisdom he provides…