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Weekend A La Carte (July 1)

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

My thanks goes to BJU for sponsoring the blog this week to tell you about their counseling degrees. “BJU Seminary equips Christian leaders through an educational and ministry experience that is biblically shaped, theologically rich, historically significant, and evangelistically robust.”

(Yesterday on the blog: The Holy Sexuality Project)

When We Cannot Stop the Tears

“I can’t stop the destruction that sin unleashed on the world. I can’t stop the tears of the ones I love.
Neither can you. What do we do then when our tears fall? What do we do when all we can see is the aftermath of another tragedy?”

The Sabbath at the Supreme Court

Zachary Groff writes about a recent ruling of the Supreme Court and how it impacts Christians who hold to a sabbath view.

Oldest Fragments

“If you had asked me at about age eleven what I wanted to be when I grew up, my ready answer would likely have been Archaeologist. To this very day, my family teases me about my hope that the Cave of Machpelah has never really been found and that I will be the one to stumble across the undisturbed remains of Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, Leah and Jacob!”

Why Do We Affirm What We Affirm?

Stephen McAlpine writes a follow-up to a controversial article he shared last week. “The shock and dismay at my post, and the concern that I apparently misrepresented the church in question: all these things are a tiny taste of what non-affirming Christians face in the media on a constant basis. A tiny taste of the shape of things to come.”

The Music We Make

Seth writes about the music his family makes and, along the way, celebrates one of God’s good gifts.

Of Questioning God

“Why? How? When? All of us who know the Lord have questions for him. But are they OK? Is it right to question God? Interestingly, the answer is not as simple as one might think. There is no clear yes or no.”

Flashback: When Failure Saves and Success Destroys

God’s care for us may be better expressed in allowing us to fail than permitting us to succeed. That’s because we’re often better at handling failure than success. Failure has a way of bringing us to the end of ourselves, of causing us to rely even more on the Lord.

God’s word preached does not merely tell us to work; it does the work.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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    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…