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A La Carte (April 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not much again.

Westminster Books has discounted the entire Theologians on the Christian Life series.

(Yesterday on the blog: Practical Advice for Family Devotions)

Ask Ligonier with Sinclair Ferguson

Ligonier Ministries recently led an hour-long Q&A session with Sinclair Ferguson. It’s always worth watching Sinclair Ferguson in such contexts!

15 Things Seminary Teaches Me that My Busy Pastor(ate) Can’t

“Friends over at The Gospel Coalition have been promoting a new book, 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me, for several weeks. They have also featured videos of big-name pastors sharing about the things they could only learn in day-to-day ministry, not in seminary. As a seminary professor and a churchman, I fully understand that seminaries don’t ‘make’ pastors, nor do they equip would-be pastors, missionaries, etc. with everything they need to thrive in ministry. Neither do medical schools, law schools, and so forth.” He counters (kindly) with a few things seminary did so well.

Inside Southwest Flight 1380, 20 Minutes of Chaos and Terror

Here are stories from within Southwest 1380: “They began texting Pastor Bourman’s father to tell him what had happened and to convey a message to the couple’s three daughters, 6, 4 and 2 years old: Pray. Plane blew an engine. We are going to try to land. Tell the girls we love them and that Jesus is with them always.

10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago

I suppose teaching has never been the easiest occupation, but there’s little doubt teachers face some new and tough challenges today.

Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared.

Entertainment plays such a huge role in the world and in our lives that it makes sense to keep up with major developments, like the coming rise of “Disneyflix.”

What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day?

Here’s a helpful way to think about Judgment Day. “This scale is not unique to Islam, though. It is the default position of every human being from birth. We all believe that we are inherently good, and that one day God will let us into Heaven based on our goodness. There is a simple way to expose this when sharing the Gospel.”

6 Relevant Things That Saint Paul Never Said

Here are six “twistings” of Scripture that people commonly believe even though Saint Paul never said them. Like: “No temptation has overtaken you except that which is common to everyone. I mean really, who can withstand it anyway these days? God understands, and he will not judge you for trying really hard and promising not to do it again next time. It’s all about human effort, right?”

Flashback: Evolution and a Universe as Young as Humanity

If we admit and endorse an ancient universe, we see a vastly purposeless universe that for the great majority of time had no human beings to bring purpose and order to it. We see that humanity’s role in the universe is late and incidental rather than timely and purposeful. We see God’s creation existing for a million ages without the purpose and presence afforded by the one being created in God’s image. And, for me, that is one powerful argument for a universe that is only as old as humanity.

We cannot glorify God—either by our lives or by worship—unless we are enjoying Him.

—Jerry Bridges

  • 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.

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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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    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.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.