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A La Carte (April 29)


Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of high-quality books! I have also included some general market historical works that are on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: 8 Ways Temptation Actually Works for Our Good)

Costi Hinn writes about some of the interpersonal complexities that may come when churches are given the green light to re-open. “If there is one word to describe how we must navigate re-assimilation amid COVID-19, it’s this: grace.”

Can You Sing an AI Generated Song in Worship?

Modern technology brings a lot of questions that would have been indecipherable to earlier generations. Like this: Would you sing a hymn or worship song that had been generated by AI?

Why Is an Empty Shampoo Bottle So Easy to Knock Over? (Video)

Here is a rational and scientific explanation for something we’ve all observed—that we just can’t help but knock over a nearly-empty shampoo bottle.

After COVID, Is The Buffet Yesterday’s Leftovers?

I have wondered whether buffets will survive the pandemic. “But even if this ends in a month or two and a few people venture back in, will it be a critical mass to make the business model work? Perhaps, as one of my Twitter interlocutors suggested, buffets will survive in the relatively poorer and working-class areas where they’ve been trending anyway, and the affluent will wash their hands of the concept.” It strikes me, in reading this article, that in my area buffets are a little more upscale than in the writer’s (we have, for example, Tucker’s Marketplace and Mandarin, both of which are pretty good).

Can Sound Theology Become an Idol in My Life? (Video)

Derek Thomas does most of the heavy lifting in this video from Ligonier, but R.C. Sproul adds a bit as well.

The Mysterious Hum Nobody Can Explain

Keep an eye on the news and you’ll realize there are quite a number of mysterious, unexplained hums in the world. “For the past nine years, residents of Windsor city, situated on the Canadian side of the US-Canada border just across Detroit river, have been complaining of a mysterious and persistent low-frequency humming noise. It comes and goes at random intervals, sometimes lasting hours and other times droning on for days. Those who can hear it—for not everyone can—compares the uncomfortable hum to an idling diesel engine or a pulsating subwoofer.”

Pastor Dies Immediately After Easter Sermon on Resurrection Hope

Facts and Trends reports: “On Easter Sunday, Earl ‘Buddy’ Duggins was doing what he has been for more than five decades—preaching the gospel. But his message on April 12 to those watching the livestream of Forest Home Baptist Church (FHBC) in Kilgore, Texas was different from all the rest; it was his last. After shortly after preaching about the resurrection hope of Easter, Duggins died of a heart attack.”

Flashback: If the Bible Is Wrong, I’m So, So Wrong

…if the Bible is wrong, I’m so wrong, completely wrong, shamefully wrong, devastatingly wrong, and wrong about all that really matters in life and death.

There is no slavery so base as that whereby a man becomes a drudge to his own lusts, or any victory so glorious as that which is obtained over them.

—Henry Scougal

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

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    A La Carte (June 20)

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

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