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Weekend A La Carte (February 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include just one lonely little book. But it’s a good one, at least.

The True Friendship That Saved Abraham Lincoln’s Life

I’m quite sure I don’t agree with all of Charles Strozier’s reading of the friendship between Lincoln and Speed, but he does draw out some interesting details and interpretations.

A Just Silence

I consider this a very important article, and I’m glad someone has finally said it well. “We’ve all felt the pressure to speak out about things that we know little to nothing about. The increasingly prevalent sentiment is that if Christians-and especially Christian leaders-don’t speak up on the hot button issues of the day, then they are complicit in fueling social injustice.”

Three M’s That Naturalism Can’t Provide

J. Warner Wallace: “As an atheist, I accounted for my experiences through the lens of naturalism. I believed everything I experienced and observed could be explained in terms of natural causes and laws. I never thought deeply about the inconsistencies in my view of the world, or the fact that my naturalism failed to explain three characteristics of my daily experience.”

Can You Do a 5-Minute Devotional? (Video)

Donald Whitney answers in this short video.

What Is the Relationship Between Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility?

Here is John MacArthur’s brief answer to a complex question.

Boring Church Services Changed My Life

Mine, too, I’m sure. “God changed my life using routine worship services in which I sang hymns I didn’t quite understand and heard messages I didn’t quite grasp.”

Submit or Risk Losing Everything

Denny Burk writes about Barronelle Stutzman and how those who refuse to submit to the new sexual orthodoxy risk losing everything.

The One You Marry Is the One

Put simply: There is no such thing as “the one” — unless you’re already married. The one who is “the one” is the one whom you marry. That is what marriage declares.

Flashback: To Speak Words that Bring Life

It is the Christian’s great honor and privilege—to speak words that bring life, to speak words that come from the giver of life. Who needs to hear God’s words through you today?

4 Essentials of Running Your Church Website Well

Thanks to MereChurch for sponsoring the blog this week with “4 Essentials of Running Your Church Website Well.”

If you have a pastor who preaches the word, give thanks to God. But if you have a pastor who doesn’t, find one who does.

—Burk Parsons

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.