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Weekend A La Carte (January 21)

It’s another quiet day on the Kindle front, but there are still a few Kindle deals to be had.

A Call to Faithfulness from Os Guinness

This is a great quote from Os Guinness. It’s one to ponder.

The $100 Mall

“Back in 2005, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills opened 1.1 million square feet of retail space, welcoming Western Pennsylvania shoppers to what was then the largest mall in that part of the state.” It just sold for $100.

Manipulative Repentance

“The recognition that there are healthy and unhealthy forms of repentance is both common sense and biblical (2 Corinthians 7:8-13). On this everyone agrees; secular and sacred. The difficulty is in discerning disingenuous repentance.” Brad Hambrick offers help.

What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing

Anyone who writes will benefit from reading this article. It’s full of excellent tips.


73-17 is an interesting collaboration between Desiring God and Humble Beast Records. It is “a sincere and passionate plea to black and white alike, to men and women alike, to all who would pause to ponder the power of personhood. In particular the film acknowledges the pain and addresses the plight of countless black women who, next to the children, have been the greatest victims of this system. What is a person? A person is you — as human today as you were in the womb.”

This Day in 1525. 492 years ago today Anabaptist movement came into being in Zurich, Switzerland, after Conrad Grebel baptized George Blaurock, a former monk, in secret. *

Is Hand Sanitizer Bad For You (Video)?

Is hand sanitizer actually bad for you? This video explains.

9 Things You Should Know About the Health Effects of Marijuana

Joe Carter does another of his roundups.

6 Generations

Here’s a family in the UK that has six generations surviving all at the same time.

Flashback: When You’re at Your Best, Plan for Your Worst

This principle has been so important to me in life: When you are at your best, plan for when you are at your worst.

Context Changes Everything

I’m grateful to Zondervan for sponsoring the blog this week.

Pray when you feel like it. Pray when you don’t feel like it. Pray until you feel like it.

—H.B. Charles Jr

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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?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…