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Weekend A La Carte (February 12)

This week Westminster Books hosted the bookstore for the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors. Now they’re offering 50% off some of their favorite books featured at the event.

(Yesterday on the blog: You’re Only Human)

Grave words

Kim Henderson considers tombstones and how they can preach to us even decades or centuries later.

A Call for Theological Humility

Gain Ortlund: “We must engage those with whom we have theological disagreements with humility, asking questions to make sure we understand, remembering that we don’t see things perfectly, and always seeking to grow in understanding where we may have blind spots.”

Love the people the Lord has given you, not the ones you hope to have

“There has been a sad tendency to really look for particular kinds of people who currently aren’t in the room to join the church the Lord has given us, rather than to love the specific people the Lord has already given us.” This is a reminder to love the people the Lord has actually provided.

How Great (Psalm 145)

Here is quite a nice new rendition of Psalm 145.

Cactus Spines and Groaning

John considers the painful groaning that goes on in our world. “Our groaning is not grumbling, but rather lamenting. Our lamenting God invites us to lament with him.”

Why Spiritual Habits Are Good

“We need to have daily routines for hygiene, eating, work, chores, and devotions. My friend Rev. Clint Davis always tells us, ‘two things you have to plan into your day is your exercise and your quiet time. If you don’t plan them into your day, they will not get done.’ I have found this true in my prayer and Bible reading.” Habits matter!

Flashback: Biographies for People Who Have Never Read a Biography

Today I want to offer just a few suggestions and recommendations for people who are approaching biography for the first time, or for the first time in a long while.

It is difficult to see how Christianity can have any positive effect on society if it cannot transform its own homes.

—John MacArthur

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • 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.