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Weekend A La Carte (May 14)

I am glad to be preparing this A La Carte in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I am here to speak at a conference through the afternoon, then will fly home this evening so I can worship with Grace Fellowship Church tomorrow. It should be a good weekend. As always, your prayers are appreciated.

Regulating Screen Time

Here’s one for parents: “The blunt force tool of ‘screen time’ doesn’t really do much to help us avoid the damaging uses of screens or habituate us away from the tendencies toward vapidness and self-focus that are so common on screens.”

15 Discernment Diagnostics

Kevin DeYoung: “Biblical discernment takes years of prayer, preaching, and practice. But there are certain questions that may be help us sift the good from the bad. Here are 15 discernment diagnostic questions I suggested to my congregation.”

Singing Songs from Questionable Sources

Bob Kauflin answers this question: “For the past year, I’ve struggled with the idea of playing ‘good’ songs (obviously room for defining some terms there…) from questionable ministries. In playing their songs, am I advocating for their entire ministry? In playing their songs, am I necessarily pushing my people towards their church (i.e., when the CCLI info pops up at the end of the song)?”

Transgendered Men Do Not Become Women

“Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men,” he said. “All (including Bruce Jenner) become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they ‘identify.’ In that lies their problematic future.”

Why Do We Major in the Minors?

R.C. Sproul offers a compelling answer.

Explainer: Federal Government Issues Letter on Transgender Policy

Joe Carter takes on his persona as The Explainer to tell what happened here: “On Friday, May 13, the Obama administration sent a letter to all public schools in America notifying teachers and administrators of the regulations they must comply with in regards to their students’ ‘gender identity.’”

Tomorrow in 1984. 32 years ago tomorrow (May 15), Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer died. Schaeffer was also a prolific author and the founder of L’Abri (“the shelter”), a ministry to intellectuals *

Share In Suffering as a Good Soldier

Ray Ortlund: “Sharing in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus is wonderful to me, because he is. I know you feel the same way.”

Flashback: 8 Items for Christian Parents to Ponder

“He wants you, the parent, to seriously consider the responsibility that God has entrusted to you for each one of your children. And, at least for me, each of them felt like a gut-punch.”

Confronting the Current Church Leadership Crisis

Thanks to Biblical Eldership Resources for sponsoring the blog this week!

Stiles

The most loving thing we can do for people is to introduce them to Christ.

—Mack Stiles

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