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A La Carte (April 5)

Westminster Books has a good deal on two new books that are worth reading: How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament and How to Understand and Apply the New Testament.

Why Our Churches Need More Gray Hair

“Churches desperately need their older men to exemplify being sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Churches need an army of laymen who believe well, love well, and suffer well. And churches need them because these older men are the pace-setters for the rest of the church.”

Filthy Rags

Here’s encouragement for pastors and for all of us: God does not view your labors as “filthy rags.”

For the Christian Perfectionist

“The Christian perfectionist knows and treasures the Gospel, but still wrestles with deep discouragement and even despair. Here are some words of encouragement for those of us who struggle with never being good enough.”

The Unlikely Saint

“Most of us have heard a rumor about them. They’re legendary. Who, you may ask? Those spiritual discipline ‘legends.’ I met one once. At McDonald’s, a man told me he has read the Bible every year for 40 something years. Maybe you have met one too.”

How to Redesign an Airline

I read a few design blogs, and especially enjoyed this article on the redesign for Air Canada. But maybe my enjoyment is mostly because I spend so much time aboard their planes.

Keeping the “Para” in Parachurch Ministries

Eric Davis shows what parachurch ministries are meant to be according to the definition of the term, then explains how they can go wrong.

Writing Worship Music with AI – Recurrent Neural Networks

This is kind of a fun experiment, but it may also point to a future where a lot more things (articles, books, even songs) are written by AI. It may sound sci-fi but don’t be surprised when it begins to happen.

Flashback: Shades of Love

I love Cheetos but I love them in a different way than I love my children. I love my children but my love for them is very different than the love I have for my wife. We do not know all that love is from any single experience or any single relationship. Rather, it is experienced in many forms and displayed in many hues.

Our preaching is not the reason the Word works. The Word is the reason our preaching works.

—H.B. Charles Jr.

  • 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.

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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.