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Weekend A La Carte (August 5)

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The ‘Prophets’ and ‘Apostles’ Leading the Quiet Revolution

Bob Smietana interviews a couple of experts on “a Christian movement characterized by multi-level marketing, Pentecostal signs and wonders, and post-millennial optimism.”

The Slippery Slope and the Jesus Box

Richard Phillips reflects on someone who has followed an all-too-common slippery slope. “What are some of the lessons of Fred Harrell’s progression from the ordination of women to the acceptance of homosexuality and now, apparently, to the rejection of penal substitutionary atonement and the propitiation of Christ? I can think of at least three…”

Six Life-Changing Sermons

Looking for something to listen to this weekend? Here are six solid recommendations.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Uh oh. “Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep mountains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial generation began to disappear. In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.”

Hollywood vs. Rotten Tomatoes

Gene Veith discusses how Hollywood is grappling with Rotten Tomatoes.

Elephant vs Goose (Video)

There’s got to be a sermon illustration in here somewhere.

3 Lines in the Sand

Stephen Nichols: “The proverbial silver lining in these challenges to the Bible in our day is that they bring a great deal of clarity to the issue before us as Christians: Will our authority be the Word of God? Or will it be the sensibilities of our age? Is it the Bible? Or is it us?”

Flashback: How To Keep the Spark Alive

Why do married couples have sex? And how can they ensure that they keep enjoying the sexual relationship throughout their marriage?

An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly.

—A.W. Tozer

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  • Dirty Feet: Our Filth, His Joy

    This post is sponsored by Burke Care and is written by Cameron Woodall . Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so, he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around…

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    The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

    It was one of those little pieces of information that helped clarify so much in my mind, that described through data what I had seen with my own eyes and experienced in my own ministry. It is a piece of information we all ought to be aware of and one we all ought to consider.…

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    A La Carte (June 24)

    A La Carte: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and God’s beautiful providence / The Psalms’ quiet case for musical diversity / How to criticize your pastor / A new day / Take every thought captive / Sitting on suitcases / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.