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A La Carte (April 13)

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There is a good-sized list of Kindle deals to look through today. And with that out of the way, we will get right on to the links…

The Art of Remembering How Good You Really Have It

“In these days, I miss the sense of security I had when I stopped and chatted with friends. I miss the freedom to go places and do things, to see the inside of stores and restaurants, to watch my kids play sports and perform dance recitals. I miss my church. I miss the rhythm of a school and work week. The things that I used to complain about—the busy schedule, the nonstop carpooling, the demands of a busy and boisterous church life—are all things that I now look back on sentimentally.”

Answering Questions about Apple and Google’s Contact-Tracing Project

You’ve no doubt heard by now that Apple and Google are teaming up on a project that will allow contact tracing. The Verge explains it and answers some common questions. Most notable: Is this just a surveillance system in disguise?

The Things We Are Learning

Matthew Hosier: “Three weeks in (I think it’s 3 weeks but am losing track of the days): how are you doing with lockdown? There are things we’re learning through this. Here are some of mine.”

Walmart CEO Says We’re in the ‘Hair Color’ Phase of Panic Buying

“After stocking up on food and consumable products, shoppers turned to puzzles, games and other timeless forms of entertainment as well as education, he said. Now, sales are showing that — without the ability to venture to a hair salon — folks are getting shaggy.” We are, indeed!

Denominations in the American Religious Experience

Robert Godfrey provides a brief account of denominations in the American religious experience.

10 Concise Pieces of Evidence for the Resurrection

George Sinclair rounds them up.

How to Stack Playing Cards (Video)

If you’re looking at something to occupy the time…

Flashback: What Haunts Me About the Humboldt Bus Disaster

As I have reflected on the disaster, there is a thought that continues to haunt me. It’s the thought of young people who have heard the gospel, but haven’t yet decided what to do about it.

We are adopted into God’s family through the resurrection of Christ from the dead in which he paid all our obligations to sin, the law, and the devil, in whose family we once lived. Our old status lies in his tomb. A new status is ours through his resurrection.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.