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Weekend A La Carte (February 4)


Today’s Kindle deals include just a few titles that might be worth looking over and picking up.

Why Pro-Lifers Focus So Much on Abortion

Matthew Lee Anderson has an interesting piece in Vox. “For the pro-lifer, that ‘clump of cells’ is as wondrous, as potent, as mysterious as, well, the cosmos. The recognition of the ‘baby’ induces a hushed reverence. The universe once appeared out of nothing, a fact that reasonably seems to induce the strange vertigo of awe, but the formation of a new human being is not so different from this.”

The Father Is Not the Son

Stan Fowler has a gentle call to Christians to pray and sing precisely, without mixing up the persons of the Trinity.

I Have Deleted Politics From My Digital Life

I, too, have largely deleted politics from my digital (social media) life. I’ve found the quality of my life has improved substantially!

Foster Care as the Way of Christ

“Americans, in particular, are doers. Foster care is not like a two-week trip to an orphanage where you hold babies, paint a wall, and leave. In foster care you are committing your finances, emotions, and even personal safety on a much deeper level. This isn’t something you can post about on social media. You legally can’t share pictures of these children you care for online. Can you serve without telling everyone on social media how it’s going?”

The Pronouns of the Gospel

When pronouns are so much in the news, we do well to remember the pronouns of the gospel.

This Day in 1906. 111 years ago today German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born. He authored various books including “Cost of Discipleship” and actively opposed the Nazis as one of Germany’s Confessing Church leaders. *

Stop Using the Word “Literal” in Biblical Interpretation

Justin Taylor has some good thoughts on why we shouldn’t use “literal” to describe biblical interpretation. Is it coincidence that his article appears the day after I used the term? Only JT knows. But I don’t disagree with him.

A Strategy for Team Meetings

This is a helpful strategy for team meetings. “A primary key to leading amazing meetings is to schedule different kinds of meetings for various purposes. Try to accomplish everything in one (way too long) weekly staff meeting, and you will find that it just does not work.”

How the U.S. Marines Encourage Service-Based Leadership

On a somewhat similar note, here’s how the Marines display and encourage service-based leadership.

Flashback: The Hidden Beauty of a Bad Sermon

There are not many preachers who get away without preaching a few stinkers along the way.

There are not many preachers who get away without preaching a few stinkers along the way. There are not many preachers who can become skilled without first being novices, who can grow into excellence without first being mediocre or average.

How a Minister in the Northeast Went to Seminary Online in the Midwest

I’m thankful to Midwestern Seminary for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors play a key role in keeping the site up and running!

The church is not merely a roster of individuals who pray privately; it is a congregation that ought to pray together.

—Megan Hill

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    A La Carte: How a wife entrusts her husband to God / Everyone has their own facts now / A better way to look at missions / The secret of contentment / Hospitality—a command for our joy / Are you barely hanging on? / and more.

  • Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    A La Carte: What should we think about paedocommunion? / Ten questions for readers of erotica / You are an influencer / Do you believe your pasture’s green? / Adam poisoned me / Kindle and Logos deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 21)

    A La Carte: A theology of immigration / Christian catholicity in an online age / Violent pornography’s assault on the marriage bed / Heresy that warrants no apology / Franchising church / With each passing moment / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Why Do I Feel Such Profound Loneliness?

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

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    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not