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Weekend A La Carte (July 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of classics worthy of a place in your collection.

(Yesterday on the blog: When My Children Grow Strong and I Grow Weak)

The Christian CBD Changes Its Name

This is an understandable name change! “For more than 40 years, Christian Book Distributors—a direct-mail cataloger and online retailer—has gone by the letters CBD. But the company announced last month it would drop the abbreviation and the word distributors from its name in response to the now-common use of CBD to refer to cannabidiol. The letters will no longer appear beneath its logo, an open book with flipping pages.”

Newsletter Code Words

This is meant to let you in on the “code words” missionaries use in their newsletters. “For example: It’s been a year of transitions and adjustments. Is actually a neat and tidy way of saying: I’ve spent the last 12 months living out of a suitcase and making a ton of mistakes everywhere I go.”

We Spent Our Best Years Overseas. And They Were Hard.

Speaking of missionaries, Jen Oshman reflects on her family’s years overseas. “The church—both those who go and those who send—must acknowledge the hardships that cross-cultural workers face. And we must stand ready to help those who go as they walk through various valleys.”

Don’t Play With Sin

This is a good exhortation based on a great analogy.

5 Things I Learned as a Pastor’s Kid

“Two seemingly omnipresent misconceptions: Kids will be fine if they’re in church regularly, but requiring them to come with you will foment rebellion. Both ideas are intuitive to different kinds of people in evangelical churches, but both are wrong.”

Cultural Awareness in Christian Ministry

Culture matters when understanding and interpreting the Bible and culture matters when sharing the gospel and carrying out ministry.

Without Apology

Here’s a sweet one from a loving mom.

Flashback: The Five Key Factors in Every Christian’s Sanctification

Rather than resisting, enter into the current of God’s sanctifying work and see the Lord’s power reveal itself in all the ways God, truth, people, and struggle change you as you respond in continual obedience and continual repentance.

The more we are able to reveal ourselves to our life partners and still be loved, the more we are able to understand what a relationship with God is all about.

—R.C. Sproul

  • 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: 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: 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: 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?…