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Weekend A La Carte (February 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include two classics that will be at home in any Christian’s library.

Man in the Middle

“David Dockery, president of Trinity International University, knows the feeling of exhaustion. His wife, Lanese, gave birth to their three boys in three years. While he was president at Union University, one student shot another, and an EF4 tornado tore through while half of the students were on campus. But the most emotionally exhausting day in his life came on January 24, 1992.” Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra explains…

Media Hottakes We’d See If The Chronicles Of Narnia Were Released This Year

This is clever. “Here’s how our politically obsessed and ideologically sequestered press would report on C.S. Lewis’s classic children’s fantasy series.”

The Jewish Calendar

Here’s a little visual overview of the Jewish calendar.

The World’s First Roller Coasters (Video)

We’ve come a long way.

Redefining Reality

Joe Carter explains why the transgender debate is really about redefining reality. “If you want to change a society, you merely need to get the public to shift an idea from the category of ‘unthinkable’ to ‘policy.’ You’ll know you’ve been successful when the formerly unthinkable has become public school policy.”

Mom/Dad, I’m Not Sure I Want to be a Christian Anymore…

Brad Hambrick offers counsel on what to do and say when/if your child says those words.

When Christians Hurt You

“As the culture war rages on, there is another battle raging to which we must turn our attention. When I was a boy, my dad would sometimes tell me, ‘No one will hurt you so much as others in the church.’” That’s true, isn’t it?

Facing Death and Finding Life

I love Vance Christie’s biographical writings.

Flashback: When I Glory in My Shame

Just as a dog will lie down or roll over or beg or bark on command to get a sausage—doesn’t she realize how pathetic she looks?—, there is not much I won’t do to receive validation, to have others affirm my self-worth according to my criteria.

For The Church, With The Church

My thanks goes to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for sponsoring the blog this week.

No one ever said at the end of his course that he had been too holy and lived too near to God.

—J.C. Ryle

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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.