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A La Carte (April 24)


Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good titles. Also, the AmazonClassics Editions of may classic works of literature are discounted now, mostly down to free. You can find the list here and browse for them by their distinctive book covers.

Remember that I’m reading an encouraging book and inviting you to join me. You can find details here.

No Path to Normalcy

Writing for WORLD, Joel Belz writes about some concerns with the return to normalcy. For example, “The very path being proposed to ‘open’ our nation for business smacks of socialism. It supposes there are people smart enough to lead us out of the fix we’re in. But why do we imagine that the best way to untangle the mess is to do the same thing over again?”

She Dares to Hope

This is a moving piece. “We stood there together. Wind howling and the women silent. With each fresh layer of dirt that covered the casket, a sigh of grief from her. Again, and again. She is not new to grief, but this feels like a final weight.”

What Your Church Must Know Before Reopening Your Building

Lifeway has put together a congregational survey that may help you learn about the concerns of your congregation when it comes to recommencing worship services. “Church leaders are free to print the document and mail it to their congregants, email the Word file to them, or freely distribute the questionnaire in any other means as needed. Once you’ve gathered the results, you can determine what the best course of action for your church is with the confidence that you know the perspective of your congregation.”

The Gnosticism of Legalism

Stephen Kneale says “When legalism rears its head, gnosticism is usually lurking around somewhere.” Why? Because “there is a strong dualistic tendency that very often paints ‘spiritual’ things as good and ‘worldly’ things as bad.”

How ‘Social Distancing’ Can Get Lost in Translation

The term “social distancing” has quickly entered (and dominated) our vocabulary. But the term doesn’t translate into every other language. Here is how the concept is being taught in other cultures.

The Loggerhead Shrike’s Gory Deeds

There are some strange creatures in the world, like the Loggerhead Shrike, a bird that impales its victims on thorns or barbed wire. Here’s a fascinating but gory gallery of its misdeeds.

Is This the End of Airbnb?

Obviously the hospitality industry has been as heavily hit as any. Will Airbnb survive? This article shows how so much of Airbnb is dominated by big companies and how they may drag it down.

Flashback: Young People and the Hundred Pushup Challenge of Life

They’ll never have more time to waste or less personal accountability than they do right now. I know how easy they’ve got it compared to what’s awaiting them. But I also know that they are only just starting out in the “hundred pushup challenge” of life.

Every day, God gives us the gift of being able to climb into bed and leave everything in his hands. Sleep is incredibly humbling—and therefore incredibly glorifying to the God who never sleeps.

—Geoff Robson

  • 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.