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A La Carte (August 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection. You may also want to take a peek at Amazon’s general market monthly deals.

Free this month from Logos is John Stott’s classic Why I Am A Christian. Two of his other titles are practically free.

There’s a freebie I’m not familiar with at Christian Audio along with several discounted biographies.

Let’s End the Sale of Self Indulgences

“The Protestant Church could do worse this 500th Reformation year than ending the habit that has gripped so much of the church at the pointy end of the 20th and start of the 21st centuries, namely the promulgation of self-indulgence.” Indeed. And in our own strange way, we still support indulgences.

Operator Toll Dialing Instructions

Here is a Bell System instructional film for telephone operators, showing how to perform dialing operations. This goes way back and will make you better appreciate your iPhone.

Reading God’s Providence

These are helpful and important guidelines on reading or interpreting God’s providence.

10 Things To Know About God’s Sovereignty

Sam Storms lays out 10 things you ought to know about the sovereignty of God.

Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them

Just try it. “It’s not like turning off notifications shuts you out from using the apps you like. It just puts you back in control; you’re on your phone when you want to be, not when Amazon’s data says you’re likely to buy stuff.”

The Glory of Repetitive Tasks

This article didn’t quite go where I expected to, but I still enjoyed it!

Remembering Caspar Milquetoast, the Original Snowflake

“At one time, the term ‘milquetoast’ was the go-to slam for bullies looking to belittle the meek. And while it sounds like some sort of French bread dish (and that’s no coincidence), the term originated with an early 20th-century comic strip star named Caspar Milquetoast, who through the subtle brutalities of everyday life became a sort of hero for the timid soul.” Here’s the story.

Flashback: There Are 3 Kinds of Churches

There are three different kinds of churches defined by the ways they relate to one another and the ways they relate to visitors.

Public prayer will never make up for closet communion.

—George Muller

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    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…

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    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…