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Is Glory God’s Only Goal? – Here is something worth considering: “Has the glory of God become a cliche among the young, restless, Reformed crowd? The vocabulary of glory is on the rise, but certain misunderstandings and imbalances linger. Will ‘the glory of God’ become a cliche, much like ‘the love of God’ to the previous generation, which too often reduced love to sentimentality?”

The Endless Train Wreck – I often wonder what Neil Postman would say if he was able to help us think through the implications of today’s Internet. I’m sure he would have something to say about the recent endless train wreck.

Rick Warren Returns – TIME reports on Rick Warren’s first sermon since his son’s death. “Almost four months after their son committed suicide, Pastor Rick Warren and his wife Kay addressed their congregation for the first time, promising to remove the stigma of mental illness from the church”

Engaging With Keller – Engaging With Keller is a new book in which several theologians interact with what they consider some of Tim Keller’s dangerous ideas. This is a helpful review of the book. Also, I am glad to see Christians expressing themselves in kind ways; this book seems like a great way to kindly interact and disagree.

10 Ways to Save Barnes & Noble – “Perhaps you aren’t a dying relic after all, and merely need some revamping. Over the past several days, commentators have burst forth with a cacophony of competing ideas for your revival. The following list contains some potentially promising options for you to consider…”

UpDesk – I use an UpDesk; they recently updated it to make it even better and to address what I identified as some of the previous generation’s weaknesses.

If you do not desire to be holy I do not see that you have any right to think that you are a Christian.

—D. Martyn Lloyd Jones

  • 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.