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A La Carte (9/25)

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Delighting in the Trinity – A few weeks back I reviewed Michael Reeves’ Delighting in the Trinity, easily one of my favorite books of the year (here’s the review). At that time it was not available in Kindle and ebook formats. The Kindle edition has just been added to Amazon, so for those who were waiting, you can now have at it.

Catching Sin Like a Cold – I’ve often told my children that worldiness doesn’t come from the outside but the inside. Barnabas Piper says something similar here: You can’t catch sin like you catch a cold. Yet “so many Christians live in cultural quarantine, shutting themselves off from what they see as sinful influences.”

Just Disconnect – Though I’ve linked to several other articles in the same vein, I really enjoyed Carl Trueman’s take on disconnecting from the digital buzz.

Marching for Allah – This looks like a promising beginning to a series on Islam. “Whatever method they advocate to do it, something every Muslim will hold dear is that Allah, Muhammad and the Islamic religion be seen to be honoured. Islam is an inherently honour based religion. Allah must be seen to win.”

Preaching for the Home Run – Mike McKinley answers a question about preaching: “How does a pastor handle the pressure of preaching every week? If I’m being honest, I feel that I have to hit a home run or I have wasted everyone’s time that week. Does the pastor prepare his sermon so that it’s a base hit or do you swing for the fences every week?”

Preach the Word – Here’s another good preaching article. This one helpfully breaks down the command to “preach the Word” in this way: Preach the content of the word, preach the meaning of the word, preach the focus of the word.

A Wedding – I thought long and hard about whether or not I should post this. I don’t want this to become a gossip blog, but this seems to merit a mention because it involves Brian McLaren who is positioning himself as one of the “Christian” thinkers advocating the acceptance of homosexuality and homosexual marriage. McLaren recently led a commitment ceremony following his son’s gay marriage.

Next to the wonder of seeing my Savior will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer.

—D.L. Moody

  • 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

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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.