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A La Carte (April 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include some books for kids and some books for adults. It’s a good mix.

(Yesterday on the blog: Book Recommendation: Heaven on Earth)

6 Misconceptions About the New Testament

Core Christianity addresses six common misconceptions about the New Testament. I guarantee you’ve heard at least a few of them!

Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City

I’ve read a few short commentaries on this ridiculous article from the New Yorker. I’d say Dr. Mohler gets it about right: “If you ever wonder how the condescending elitist secular journalistic left gets the reputation of being openly hostile to Christianity, see [this] rancid article.”

The Noose of History

I rely on a few trusted voices for interpreting news and events, and Lisa Robinson is among them. “It’s been quite a week on social media in the aftermath of the MLK50 Conference sponsored by The Gospel Coalition. As the conference title suggests, the main thrust of the conference was to sponsor, if you will, Dr. King’s clarion call for racial equality.”

The Secret Language of Ships

This was surprisingly interesting. “Signs and symbols on the sides of ships tell stories about an industry few outsiders understand.”

The Hopscotch Experiment

I’m kind of bothered that so few people took the opportunity…

Is There Anything Good About Pain?

AiG: “Pain protects us from bigger problems—not just outside but inside. The pain of an inflamed appendix, for instance, often drives us to seek medical care before the appendix ruptures. As a medical doctor and a Christian, I’ve seen innumerable cases where such pain has helped people in this sin-cursed world.” But pain also raises some necessary questions.

Why It’s Almost Impossible to Throw a 110 MPH Fastball

This video shows why fastballs have probably gotten just about as fast as they’ll get. Then again, it seems that records were made to be broken. (Also, the guy trying to pitch here has embarrassingly bad form!)

The Amazing Thing About #SticksOutForHomboldt

“It was sincere, spontaneous and simple. It wasn’t sponsored by any brand. It was just Canadians wanting to show they care.”

Flashback: The Seed of Divorce

The world, the flesh, and the devil are all committed to the destruction of marriage, and each of those enemies brings its own evil seeds. The question is not whether those seeds will be present in a marriage, but what we will do with them.

Worry: Glancing at God while gazing at circumstances. Trust: Glancing at circumstances while gazing at God.

—Matt Smethurst

  • 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.