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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

  • 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.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…