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A La Carte (1/21)

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I don’t know about you, but I’m just about ready for a weekend. And it’s almost here…

The Cult of the Moleskine – This news story (a few years old) talks about the Moleskine notebook (which I always first misspell as “mokeskine”) and its Internet-fueled tipping point. I love my Moleskines as much as the next guy.

How Twitter Made Handwriting Cool – On a similar note, here’s an article about how Twitter has made handwriting cool. Every time I’ve tried to replace a journal or notepad with an online version, I’ve eventually gone back to paper and ink.

$5 Fridays – Ligonier has some good deals today (especially on R.C. Sproul teaching series’) in their $5 Fridays.

A Curious Biography – Here’s another article about Metaxas’ biography of Bonhoeffer. This article is also written by a scholar, but he is a little less negative than some have been. He does include this one harsh critique, though: “[Metaxas] seems far more interested in promoting his work instead of proving it.”

JFK’s Speech – An article from the BBC explains why JFK’s most famous speech remains a model, 50 years later.

Email Etiquette for the Super-Busy – This article offers some very useful tips on using email well, especially in a business context.

Fasting is calculated to bring a note of urgency and importance into our praying, and to give force to our pleading in the court of heaven. The man who prays with fasting is giving heaven notice that he is truly in earnest.

—Arthur Wallis

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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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.