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A La Carte (8/19/13)

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Hear Hellen Keller Speak – “In this 1930 newsreel footage, teacher Anne Sullivan explains how Keller learned to speak. Keller got a feel for words by placing her hand on a speaker’s face: thumb over the larynx, index finger on the lips, and middle finger against the nose. Sullivan and Keller stuck together for 49 years.” Fascinating!

Satan’s Lies About Your Singleness – “I remain convinced that God’s word in the Bible is true, and I am determined to cling to it. My life, my struggles, my circumstances have changed over the years, but God has not. Neither has his word. So this is a plea to my dear Christian sisters who are single but would love to be married…”

Are We Doing the Lord’s Work? – Ray Ortlund doesn’t attach a specific name to this article and it is better if you don’t either. Do consider what he writes. “Yesterday I saw yet another website dedicated to accusing a prominent pastor. This one did not strike me as savage, the way other such websites have. It seemed more mature. But I wonder if this is doing the Lord’s work at all. Even if every accusation against this pastor is true, I am unconvinced God wants us to set up websites for such a purpose.”

Talking About Your Giving – I think there is wisdom in what Randy Alcorn says in this video. He is asked whether Christians should ever tell others about their giving habits.

Bring Your Bible to Church – I tend to agree with this: pastors should still bring a printed Bible (rather than an iPad or other electronic device) with them when they preach.

Ligon Duncan @ RTS – Here is some good news out of Jackson, MS. The RTS Board of Trustees has elected Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III, as chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary.

Godless Massachusetts – It is a joy to read of those who are planting new churches in areas where there is little gospel witness.

God requires satisfaction because he is holiness, but he makes satisfaction because he is love.

—Augustus Strong

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    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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    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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