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Weekend A La Carte (November 1)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few good picks.

(Recently on the blog: What Makes a Really Good Study Bible?)

Daylight Savings and Spiritual Disciplines

I think Glenna Marshall is onto something here. “I think sometimes we view January 1st as an excuse to keep living life per usual, especially when it comes to spiritual disciplines like Bible-reading and prayer. We’ve made a mess of our spiritual habits to this point, we think. Might as well wait a few more months to start over.”

‘Born This Way’ Is Old Science

As you undoubtedly heard, “During the confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii expressed outrage and shock that the nominee used the term ‘sexual preference’ instead of ‘sexual orientation.’” But “beyond the Orwellianism of changing the dictionary to support political claims, it seems that Senator Hirono is the one who is actually behind the times on the whole sexual orientation vs. sexual preference issue.”

Winter Is Coming: COVID-19 Forces Hard Choices for Churches

I found it really interesting to read how different churches in different parts of the US are thinking differently about COVID-19 and making different decisions about it.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Revisiting the Prophetic Work of Neil Postman

“Thirty-five years ago, New York University professor of communications Neil Postman predicted the political and social implosion we have witnessed in 2020. We must learn to dominate digital media technology, lest it dominate us. Otherwise, we may very well amuse ourselves, and our polis, to death.” His work has proven prophetic, as this article illustrates.

Finding Meaning In Daily Acts Of Good (Video)

I enjoyed this video, a TEDx talk about Jesus.

When You’re Tired of the Battle, Persevere in Prayer

Colin Smith: “Everyone has a battle to face, and there will be times when you get tired of yours. The obvious question is, ‘How can I get more perseverance?’”

Only His Heart Can Heal Yours

“We all walk through this fallen world on streets of shattered promises. Believer or unbeliever, wealthy or poor, young or old, few, if any, remain exempt. For some, a father vowed much but was present little. For others, a trusted friend finally retreated from you in the hour of need. For still others, an unfaithful wife deserted, leaving the serrated memory of her empty vow, ’til death do us part. We know what it is to expose our hearts and feel them bleed.”

Flashback: 6 Marks of a Faithful Ministry

The pastor’s ministry is humble and bold and pure. It is concerned with all kinds of teaching before all kinds of people. Its content is the gospel.

You will never have a better friend than a friend who points you to Christ.

—Alistair Begg

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.