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Weekend A La Carte (June 3)

There is lots to choose from in today’s Kindle deals include. It has been a great week for them!

Reformed Theology Gone Sour

Ray Ortlund: “The problem is not Reformed theology per se. Inherent within that theology is a humbling and melting and softening and beautifying power. But Reformed theology is also intellectually satisfying, even captivating.”

I Got Pregnant and My Christian School Humiliated Me

Here’s a cautionary tale of how Christian institutions can handle situations poorly.

The Twitter Hive Mind Is Not Funny

I’d tend to agree with this article on the short-lived covfefe phenomenon: “Whatever was funny about the word was beaten out of it within minutes on Twitter, due to the internet’s desperate urge to continue virally flogging Trump. I wonder if the collective IQ and/or sanity of social media users drops each time a hive-mind like this generates?”

The Beauty of Jupiter (Video)

Just like the description says.

Be Wary of the Term “Transgender”

“Political correctness demands that no stigma be attached to conflicts over gender identity. Where gender dysphoria was once considered an ailment associated with Gender Identity Disorder—a pathology—activists have politicized medicine to make what was once a pathology into an identity, a worldview, and a political virtue. So the label “transgender” not only denotes the positive affirmation of a mental illness, it communicates a metaphysical fiction seeking acceptance and adoption throughout all channels of the culture.”

Division Begins With the Departure from the Truth

Yes, division begins with departure. And, as is so often the case, the innocent party is often portrayed as guilty.

The Digital Sermon

Nick Batzig tells pastors to stop fretting about inadvertently mimicking another preacher and to take advantage of the wealth of sermons available online.

Flashback: Desecration and Titillation

When you look at pornography you are watching the violation of what God considers more valuable than anything else he has created.

When you look at pornography you are watching the violation of what God considers more valuable than anything else he has created. It is a violation of all that person is, for sex is not only skin-deep but soul-deep.

How To Teach Your Kids About Sex

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If any man should ask me what is the first, second, and third part of being a Christian, I must answer, “Action!”

—Thomas Brooks

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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?…