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A La Carte (9/21)

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There was a time in my life that I played a lot of computer games, but hen real life came along and I found that I just didn’t have time or interest anymore. Sid Meier’s Civilization was my favorite childhood game and it’s the only one I’ve kept up with over the years. Today marks the release of the next iteration of the franchise. I’ve got no firm plans, but I may just have to splurge and buy the new Civilization 5, you know, just for old time’s sake.

Ask Randy – Inspired by Desiring God’s “Ask Pastor John” sessions, Randy Alcorn is soliciting questions that he can answer in an online Q&A format. You can submit your questions at the link.

Pro-Choice Irrationality – Denny Burk writes about the rather shocking irrationality of some of those who hold the pro-choice position on abortion.

Auld Reekie Reeks No More – John Ross laments the welcome the pope has received during his recent visit to the UK. And in particular he laments the excitement in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Way We Live Now – This is an interesting article from the NY Times in which a homeschool dad (I don’t think he’s necessarily a Christian homeschooler) reflects on technology based on the homeschool experience. Here is just one of the lessons: “Technologies improve so fast you should postpone getting anything you need until the last second. Get comfortable with the fact that anything you buy is already obsolete.” (HT:JD)

Deciding Not to Screen for Down Syndrome – Another article from the NY Times. This one provides a mother’s perspective on why she decided not to do advance screening to find out whether her unborn child had Down Syndrome. This article is well worth reading! “The way these tests are administered, the way information is provided to women and the way our culture talks about and conceives of individuals with chromosomal abnormalities contribute to my concern that prenatal testing more often serves to devalue all human life and to offer parents and doctors an illusion of control.” (HT:Z)

Is There a Plan B For My Life? – In this short video Winston Smith deals with the subtle danger of believing that we can be relegated to a plan B kind of life.

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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