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Weekend A La Carte (October 22)

It’s the weekend! This one kind of snuck up on me and yet somehow it’s one of those ridiculously packed-full ones. Mostly I’m looking forward to being at New City Baptist Church tomorrow to lead Sunday school and preach there. Other than that, it’s a weekend for family and friends. But before I get to it, here is some recommended reading:

Why Christians Love Books

Looking first at the incredible output of John Piper’s pen, Tony Reinke says, “Piper’s output may be abnormal, but the bookish nature of Christianity is not. We can trace our evangelical bibliophilia all the way back to the beginning of the Christian church…”

Aberfan

“It is exactly 50 years since tragedy swooped down on Aberfan killing 116 children and 28 adults.” BBC tells the sad story of a tragedy in Wales.

A Pastor Leaving the Ministry

Scott Hollingshead tells of a painful situation and, based on it, offers 3 warnings from a pastor who is leaving the ministry.

Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized World

This little booklet from Eliza Huie may interest you. It’s a free download at Amazon..

Deathstyle: The New Lifestyle

Stephen laments society’s new deathstyle which has taken the place of a lifestyle.

This Day in 1922. 94 years ago today James William Charles Pennington, an escaped slave turned Presbyterian pastor and abolitionist, died. He was the first black man to attend Yale. *

Oscar Wilde’s Half Sisters

Here’s the unusual story of the deaths of Oscar Wilde’s half sisters. “We may never have the small details right, but by bringing the story to light, people seem to think, we honor the sisters in their death. Perhaps this is why years later an epitaph was erected at the graveyard of St. Molua’s church in Drumsnat in their honor.”

The Pains Of Humanity Have Been Draining Me

Lecrae explains why he and other African Americans are not “simply whining about the past.” “We are trying to expose how the past has affected the present and threatens the future.”

How My Parents Taught Me to Love the Church

Ricky Alcantar says, “Whether you realize it or not, you’re teaching your kids a theology of the church with your time.”

Flashback: The Art and Science of the Humblebrag

Have you managed to get thousands of people to follow you on Twitter or friend you on Facebook? Do you need to keep reminding them why you are worthy of their attention? Let me offer you some ways you can grow in the art and science of the humblebrag.

Here’s How Christian Book Summaries Help You Learn More…In Less Time

Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Books at a Glance, for sponsoring the blog this week.

That demon of pride was born with us, and it will not die one hour before us.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    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.

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    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?…