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Weekend A La Carte (June 12)

May God bless and keep you as you worship him this weekend.

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics, including one I haven’t listed before (Great Gain).

(Yesterday on the blog: Gun Lap)

The Lord Does Not Despise the Day of Small Things

This one is geared toward pastors of small churches, and perhaps especially rural churches.

Think Small for Big Improvements in Preaching

Speaking of small, “‘small’ isn’t a particularly attractive word in most instances. Who wants a small bank account, a small level of honor, or a job with a small salary in a small office? And even though we might romanticize some advantages of having a small church, I think few pastors in their honest moments would rather have their church be small than large and growing.”

The Waiting Time Problem (Video)

I really enjoy and benefit from the videos on the Biblical Genetics channel. This one deals with the waiting time problem.

Translating Figures of Speech (Video)

And, in a different area of scholarship, here’s a video about translating figures of speech from the original languages to English.

Midlife, Christ Is

Jared Wilson considers some of the challenges and blessings of midlife. “I turn 46 this year, loosely ensconced in my middle age years, on the downhill slope to 50. I’ve thought a lot about this season of life, primarily from the standpoint of committing to passing the baton and investing in the Church’s younger generations. But I’ve also thought a lot about the peculiarities of this season of life, how for many it holds such uneasiness and insecurity.”

Fighting Atrophy

This brief article may be helpful to people in areas that are still just opening up after lockdowns.

Why I Left The Mormon Church (Video)

To be clear, I do not recommend this video for what it says. Rather, I think it’s worth watching as an example of a popular and articulate person explaining why he left the church (in this case, the Mormon church). Many young people will watch this and be influenced by it!

Flashback: It’s Not a Blind Faith

Will I trust God even when the way is unclear and even when I do not understand? Will I joyfully submit to God’s will, knowing and trusting that he is good?

People need to see that God is the all-consuming reality in our lives. Our sincerity and earnestness in worship matter ten times more than the style we use to display our sincerity and earnestness.

—Kevin DeYoung

  • Stop Swiping Start Serving

    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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    A La Carte (May 20)

    A La Carte: What media got wrong about supposed Christian self-immolation / We are walking on holy ground / “His Glory and My Good” / How pop Nietzscheanism masquerades as Christianity / Why a full calendar doesn’t necessarily produce mature church members / Thinking biblically about social justice / John Piper Kindle deals / and…

  • One Measure of Greatness

    One Measure of Greatness

    While all of us ought to see evidence of marked growth in our knowledge of God, our relationship with him, and our obedience to him, none of us ever evolves beyond our need for the ordinary means of grace. We never “level up” to such a degree that we gain access to some hidden extraordinary…

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

    A La Carte: What it takes to survive ministry / The power of prayer / The dog’s game / Why do Christians do bad things? / Does it matter whether seminary education is in-person or online? / Greet one another with a … what? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Reflective)

    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…

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    A La Carte (May 17)

    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.