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Weekend A La Carte (May 22)

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

(Yesterday on the blog: Brave by Faith)

Love People, Not the Idea of People

There’s an important distinction to be made between loving actual people and loving the idea of people.

An Essential Part of Planning Your Preaching

H.B. Charles advocates planning your preaching and offers a good reason to do so. “There are multiple benefits to developing a preaching plan. It saves time. It relieves stress. It allows you to work ahead. It enables you to be intentional about the diet you feed your congregation. And it gives you the opportunity to collect resources for effective preparation. But there is another reason for planning your preaching that may be most important: A preaching calendar helps you to plan when you are not going to preach.”

China’s Rush Into Africa, Explained.

One thing I hadn’t expected when I first began to visit Africa was to see so many Chinese people there. This video explains how and why that has become the case.

How Do I Study the Bible with Others?

Glenna Marshall explains how she studies the Bible with others. If you’ve thought of it but haven’t know what to do, this may be the kickstart you need.

A Lesson to Learn

For those parts of the world that are just now beginning to re-open after COVID, this article gives you an important lesson to learn and apply.

Show Your Roots

“Typically, when we think of roots, we think of those things which are hidden deep in the soil. They grow and spread, enabling the tree, bush or plant to grow strong, stable and fruitful. Roots are usually not visible, but we can see the results of healthy ones in the flourishing that takes place above the soil. But the Banyan tree tells a different tale, with visible roots for all to behold.”

Flashback: Embrace Your Purpose

I hope you have come to see that if you are going to succeed in this race, you need to know the reason God saved and sanctifies you. Only then will you be motivated to put aside the selfishness of apathy and put on the selflessness of holiness.

The Christian faith is not true because it works; it works because it is true.

—Os Guinness

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…