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A La Carte (April 3)


I am probably not the only one succumbing to necessity and beginning to search YouTube for “how to cut your own hair.” The government has warned it could be a long time before non-essential businesses like barbers are allowed to open again…

Today’s Kindle deals include some really good options, including D.A. Carson’s The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, a massive book that is usually very expensive.

Reformation Heritage Books has a good deal on my new book and documentary: Book, DVD, combo.

(Yesterday on the blog: Watch a Free Episode of “Epic”)

Fighting the Temptations of Successful Leadership

Any leader is prone to the temptations that come with success. “Other battles in life might grow easier, and other realities of age let you slow down. But not the fight for humility. If you would presume to continue leading a church or other ministry over decades, your fight must not slacken, but increase. Don’t be like David or his son Solomon. Both were godly and talented men. But both grew complacent with age, to the hurt of their nation.”

7 Ways Our World Has Changed, But God Hasn’t

Even when so much has changed, the most important things remain constant.

Family-friendly options for Lockdown Screentime

A new streaming service, Redeem TV, has been launched to help families make the best use of their lockdown screentime. If you are like me, you have found that being home with kids 24 hours a day results in the need for some entertaining, challenging, and encouraging content for TV time. (SPONSORED LINK)

Yes, We Really Are Living in the Last Days

Justin Taylor explains how and why we are living in the last days.

What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage

Someone has finally written an explanation for the toilet paper shortage, and one that really makes sense. It turns out hoarding isn’t to blame. There’s a far simpler explanation…

Leading through COVID-19

Southern Seminary has put together a series of brief videos to equip church leaders as they lead through this unique time.

Pastors, There’s Never Been a Better Time to Pick Up the Phone

Speaking of church leaders, I think Steven Kryger is right when he tells pastors that there’s never been a better time to pick up the phone.

Where Is The Covid-19 MasterClass?

Like Anne Kennedy, I’ve been getting MasterClass advertisements constantly sent my way. “It’s an interesting mashup—on one hand, a proliferation of Masterclass offerings (which I will get to in just a moment) and also several memes in other places about how one of the worst parts of about the covid-19 war is that no one wants to trust coronavirus experts. What do they know? Are they even on Instagram or anything?”

Flashback: If I Wrote the Bible…

Looking at the Bible God has given us, and considering how I would write my own, makes something clear: No human would ever write the Bible. Not this Bible.

In Genesis 15, God walks through the pieces to show that he would rather die than break his word. In Jesus Christ, God walks the lonely path to the cross where he will die in order to keep his word.

—Trevor Laurence

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

    A La Carte: What it takes to survive ministry / The power of prayer / The dog’s game / Why do Christians do bad things? / Does it matter whether seminary education is in-person or online? / Greet one another with a … what? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Reflective)

    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…

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    A La Carte (May 17)

    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 16)

    A La Carte: When intrusive thoughts come / How a horse saved orthodoxy / The brevity of life / Bad therapy / Acts of kindness aren’t random / Does John’s Last Supper chronology differ from the other gospels? / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 15)

    A La Carte: My pastor made me wait to enter ministry and I’m grateful / How could a good God… / How should a wife respond to her husband’s bad authority? / Sing your heart out, Christian / Does Jesus’ view of grace offend you? / Preaching the Psalms as a book / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 14)

    A La Carte: When God takes his time / Biblical priorities / God is doing something / Broken pieces / Loosening my grip / Since God’s call is effectual, how can someone be a false convert? / and more.