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Weekend A La Carte (October 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include a kind of random selection, but one that includes some good books.

Why the Department of Justice’s Religious Liberty Guidance Matters

ERLC explains: “It has been a great week for religious freedom – the protection for the conscience rights of every American of every faith and the free exercise thereof.”

Did the Fundamentalists Really Retreat from Culture?

This little quote counters the notion that the Fundamentalists retreated from culture.

Work Songs

Looking for some new music? This new album from The Porter’s Gate may be of interest. Be sure to check out “Your Labor Is not in Vain.”

Should Intersex Infants Be Subject to “Corrective” Surgeries?

Denny Burk looks at a perplexing question. “The Washington Post has published a long-form piece featuring a number of heart-rending stories about intersex persons. For those unfamiliar with intersex, it is term used to describe a variety of conditions which involve some physical disorder of sex development.”

9Marks Mailbag

In a new edition of the 9Marks mailbag, they answer a couple of important questions. “How should parents treat their 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?”

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques

It’s all a matter of where we have our confidence. “If a church is to be revitalized, it will only happen through the Word of God alone. The more revitalizing leaders trust the Word of God alone, the more powerful their efforts will be”

A Rural Pastor’s Warning About Megachurches

“I am the pastor of a small to medium-sized rural church. Nothing about us is mega. We aren’t cutting edge. We still do Sunday School, have a meet-and-greet, and have kids come down front during the Sunday morning service for a children’s sermon. I’m sure that there are things that we do that would make church growth experts cringe. But we are still a part of the body of Christ.”

Flashback: Daddy, How Do I Look?

I’m her daddy and it’s my joy to love her fiercely, to love her gently, to love her without any contradiction between the two. In that moment I do.

Is the Reformation Worth Celebrating?

My thanks goes to Christian History Institute for sponsoring the blog this week.

All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them.

—E.M. Bounds

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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.