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Sexual Sin in the Ministry – Writing for Desiring God, Harry Schaumburg addresses the sad prevalence of sexual sin in the ministry and pleads with pastors to get help. “For the last twenty years thousands men from across America struggling with sexual sin have come to our intensive counseling workshop. Over half were pastors and missionaries.”

Translating a Plural as a Singular – Mounce offers an interesting take on when it may be better to translate a plural as a singular. I’m not convinced, but it is helpful to think through these things as it shows how the translator’s job is not just to translate but to help understanding.

Fumblerules of Grammar – You’ve probably seen this before, but it’s always worth a read. “Late-1979, New York Times columnist William Safire compiled a list of ‘Fumblerules of Grammar’ — rules of writing, all of which are humorously self-contradictory — and published them in his popular column, ‘On Language’.”

Tongue Parasites – Don’t read this if you’ve got a weak stomach. “Whenever I give a talk about my book Parasite Rex, I try to gather together the creepiest images of parasites that I can. Every time, there’s one kind of parasite that summons an instant reaction: a mix of laughter, sucked-in breaths, and gasps of recognition. I speak, of course, of the parasites that eat your tongue.”

Out of a Far Country – A reader sent me the link to this powerful testimony of conversion. It comes from Christopher Yuan (who co-authored a biographical account titled Out of a Far Country).

Baptism and Church Membership – Jim Hamilton writes about the difficult and sometimes painful issue of extending (or not extending) church membership to those whose beliefs do not quite line up with a church’s statement of faith.

Nothing makes room for Satan more than wrath.

—Thomas Manton

  • 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.