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Weekend A La Carte (December 27)

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We all know that it’s going on, but this article actually explains Why Airlines Want to Make You Suffer. The short answer: The worse the normal experience, the greater the likelihood you’ll pay for upgrades.

Is Your Church Functionally Liberal? It’s not always as simple as we make it. “The liberal churches I’ve known are not openly hostile to the Bible. They like the Bible. They want their preacher to use the Bible.”

This is a fascinating article about the way Tom Brady prepares himself and keeps himself going. Paul must have been thinking of guys like this when he used all those athletic metaphors in his epistles.

Here is another powerful article from Lore Ferguson. Her theme: You Ask Not Because You Have Received Not.

Don’t miss this article from Gavin Ortlund: What Kind of a Thing Is the Bible?

If you’re up for some more longform reading, here’s a good one: What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried To Be Steve Jobs? Hint: It didn’t go well.

Thanks to Reformed Presbyterian Theology Seminary for sponsoring the blog this week with the article So What Are You Waiting For?

The question shouldn’t be, “Is it okay for me to have some nice stuff?” The real question is, “If I don’t have nice stuff, will my spirit be okay with that?

—Dave Ramsey

  • 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.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…