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Weekend A La Carte (March 4)

I did not dig up any new Kindle deals today for Christian books. However, I’m often asked about biographies of Winston Churchill; Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert is a great introductory work and is discounted this month. Then you need to read The Last Lion, the epic 3-volume series by William Manchester.

If you’re interested in David Murray’s forthcoming book Reset, you can get it early and discounted from Reformation Heritage Books.

Also, if you like the Fighter Verse CDs, you will be glad to know they’ve released a new set.

On Participation in Conversation and Sex

This is an article couples may do well to discuss together. Or, you know, print out and leave passively-aggressively on their bedside table or something.

GM Invented Planned Obsolescence

“If you asked Henry Ford, the Model T was good enough. In fact, it was pretty great. It was popular, dependable, and looked great in black, the only color offered at the time. If the car was selling, why mess with perfection? … General Motors saw an opportunity in Ford’s inertia. In the mid-1920s, GM CEO Alfred P. Sloan had an idea…”

A Pastoral Approach

Kevin DeYoung tells what a pastoral approach to ministry looks like (and doesn’t look like).

Europe’s Most Godless Country

Gunnar Gunnarsson pastors the only doctrinally Reformed church in Iceland and the only Baptist church in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.

The Cancer of the Great Lakes

Nautilus has a fascinating look at the “cancer” of the Great Lakes, the zebra mussel. Who would have thought that clean water could be such a bad thing?

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Time

Here are some good and blessedly brief suggestions from Eric Geiger.

How to Practice Effectively (Video)

Watch this to learn how to practice effectively but also to see how little we really know about the creative masterpiece that is the human brain.

Flashback: It’s Not Just Sabbatarians Who Need Sabbath

God did not intend all work and no rest; he did not intend all rest and no work.

Bible Translations and the Pastor’s Dilemma

My thanks goes to the Christian Standard Bible for sponsoring the blog this week with “Bible Translations and the Pastor’s Dilemma.”

The gospel which we possess was not given to us only to be admired, talked of, and professed, but to be practiced.

—J.C. Ryle

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • 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 (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.