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Weekend A La Carte (October 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of titles both newer and older.

(Yesterday on the blog: Kevin DeYoung’s Ten Commandments)

4 Ways to Engage My Spiritual Insecurity

Fascinating and helpful: “The African and Christian worldview stand in stark contrast to one another. Conversion often requires a painful wrenching from the African worldview, upbringing and experiences, which can result in spiritual insecurity for the new convert. Here are four Biblical pillars that every African Christian can use to help them stand firm against spiritual fear and doubt…”

Living When You Know You Will Die

“Even though I drove past death every day of my life growing up, it wasn’t the kind of death I had to think about. The people and the names didn’t touch me. Now, walking through this cemetery as a forty-one-year-old man, the death that surrounded me was personal. It had touched me, my family, and my neighbors.”

Why the NSA Called Me After Midnight

This is a good recounting of an interesting little story. “Please listen carefully and don’t hang up. Those were the first words this unknown male caller said to me when my brother handed me the phone…” (Note: He uses “hell” flippantly a couple of times in the story.)

Apollo 11’s Journey to the Moon

This video is very well done. It provides an annotated look at Apollo 11’s journey to the moon and back.

5 Differences Between Law and Gospel

Don’t confuse the two! “There is a difference that makes all the difference in Christianity. It’s a difference that takes the pressure off so there’s no Christianity left to do—everything has already been done. All because of that difference, now you are—for the first time—freed to do.”

From the Mundane to Martyrdom

“In March of 2004, Karen Watson and three other humanitarian aid workers were killed after their vehicle was ambushed. They were in Mosul, Iraq working on a water-purification project. Through this work, opportunities to declare the gospel were surely going to present themselves. On that mundane sort of missionary day – a day where Karen was simply doing what she was called to do – gunmen fired assault weapons on the civilian vehicle.”

To Post or Not To Post

As I’ve read my usual blogs, I’ve noticed more and more Christians grappling with what’s worth sharing with the world and what’s not. It’s a good and necessary conversation. “Recently I’ve been posting less and less, and that’s because I’ve been asking myself a different question before clicking ‘post’. I’ve been asking, ‘What good might this do, and what harm might it do?’”

Flashback: Keep On Learning To Dance

If you are married, you need to learn the dance, the rhythms, patterns, habits, and actions that promote the deepest intimacy, the healthiest sexuality.

Is this the Best Book Ever?

This week the blog is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books and this post is written by Joel R. Beeke. I continue to be thankful for each blog sponsor.

Both church and world seem to have traded away the notion of leadership for celebrity.

—John MacArthur

  • 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.

  • 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?…