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Weekend A La Carte (August 6)

Weekend A La Carte

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Family Killed on Way to Missionary Training

Here’s a sad, sad story: “This weekend, members and friends of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis will gather for an event nearly unimaginable a week ago: the funeral service for a family of five killed in a car accident on their way to train for missionary service to Japan.”

6 Christian Athletes to Watch

If you want to cheer for the good guys, here’s a list of a few Christian athletes competing at the Olympics.

How To Pray for God’s Favor

Denny Burk: “What does all of this mean? What would it mean for us to pray a similar prayer? It means that we approach God on the basis of his gracious favor toward us. His drawing near to us precedes and grounds our drawing near to him.”

Apple Campus

Whether you love or hate Apple (and no one is really ambivalent about Apple, are they?) you can’t deny that this is one amazing new campus they are building.

How Do I Know If My Child Has Become a Christian?

“As parents we do have some guidance in knowing if our children are truly in the faith. Everything that would be present in an adult’s conversion will be present in a child’s conversion, but it will show itself in a different manner.”

Directions For Profitable Bible-Reading

Here are a number of wise points about making the most of reading the Bible.

Which Sunscreen Should You Choose?

In my case, all of them.

Three Models for Family Ministry

You may benefit from this video from Timothy Paul Jones where he lays out three different models for family ministry.

This Day in 1801. 215 years ago today, 25,000 attended the revival services at the Presbyterian camp meeting in Kentucky. It was the largest camp meeting of the Second Great Awakening. *

Responsiveness in Marriage

Another study backs up the obvious: There is a connection between sexual intimacy and relational intimacy.

Flashback: Keeping the Spark Alive

On a similar note, here’s a flashback from two years ago protecting and enhancing the sexual relationship within marriage.


God may not do what we ask, but we must never think it’s because He is not able to do it.

—D.A. Carson

  • 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.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.