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Weekend A La Carte (July 25)

As the week comes to a close, I want to remind you of MinistryNetwork by Westminster (this week’s sponsor) and encourage you to check it out.

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and a couple of newer books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Parents: To Join Social Media Is To Witness Death)

Remember, It’s A Privilege!

Here’s a good reminder to pastors as they prepare to take to their pulpits tomorrow. “This weekend as you stand before your church and open the Bible with them, I hope you will be reminded of the awe-inspiring opportunity that God has given you.”

Critical Theory and Christianity (Video)

You may enjoy this conversation with Neil Shenvi and Greg Koukl as they discuss Critical Theory.

40 Years Married

Ed Welch reflects on 40 years of marriage. “Creation is very personal, as are most human works of art. God is the original; creation is in the pattern of the original. Within this expansive self-revelation of God, no created thing captures everything about the Lord, but some things reveal more of him than others. Human beings, created in the image of God, reflect his glory as much as anything in creation can reflect him, which brings me back to marriage.”

Sex Offenders Can Find Hope in Christ But Not Necessarily a Place at Church

This is an interesting article from CT which tells how most believers are convinced that sex offenders belong at church, but not at their church. It describes some of the difficulties and liabilities of welcoming a known offender.

Why Are There Fewer Miracles Today?

Here is Tim Chester’s take on why there are fewer miracles today than at the time of the early New Testament.

Understanding the Roman Catholic ‘state of grace’

As this article says, it’s important to understand that Catholics and Protestants mean something very different when they speak of “grace.”

John Owen’s Ministry to Young Christians

I didn’t know that John Owen had directed so much of his ministry to young Christians. Yet, “Owen spent a great deal of time with teenagers and young adults as the primary focus of his preaching.” He sets a good example there…

Flashback: Four Sources of Discord in Your Church

Every church is at every time in danger. Every church is in danger of disruption and disunity when Christian turns on Christian or Christian turns away from Christian.

I am a servant of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, I serve him by serving others in the particular role or roles to which, in his providential wisdom, he has called me.

—Jerry Bridges

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    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?…