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A La Carte (August 10)

monday

I spent my weekend the way I spent my week—in quarantine here in the Louisville suburbs. Just another few days, though, and I should be able to get my kids to college and get myself home!

There’s a nice little list of Kindle deals for those who collect them.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Repentance Not To Be Repented Of)

When Your Enemy Falls

When your enemy falls, you are in danger! “I remember the moment a report came into me via text message. Not just any report, but a juicy report that fed my flesh the kind of a dish it loves; an ‘enemy combatant’ from my past had experienced a painful and embarrassing event that exposed them for the person I already knew them to be. I felt vindicated — even, happy. I thought to myself, ‘Yes! finally! You got what you deserved!’ But the celebration did not last long.”

An Everyday Miracle (Video)

This is a neat video about butterflies from the John 10:10 Project.

Jerry Falwell’s Fall Puts Fundamentalism in a New Light

Esther is one of a number of people who have written about Jerry Falwell Jr. this weekend. “One thought has been going through my mind as I watch this slow-motion train wreck: A little fundamentalism could have prevented that.” (See also David French)

Study: Churches Gathering Again But With Precautions

There are some interesting takeaways from this study on churches that have (and have not) begun to worship again.

Puritans, Work, and the Cause of Christ

“Being a good, hard-working employee is essential. It’s biblical. Being a morally upright employee is essential. It’s biblical. But being an evangelistic employee, and an employee that builds up other believers—that’s essential. That’s biblical too.”

Why We Need People For Church Plants In Hard Places

Planting churches in hard places is hard! And part of what makes it so tough is that it’s difficult to find mature Christians who are willing to be there and to stay there for the sake of ministry.

My Mourning Song

This poem from M. Leanne Todd reminds me that poetry sometimes communicates more effectively than prose.

Flashback: He (and They) Must Not Be a Novice

Authority comes with humility and humility comes with time. Facts come easy, but character comes hard.

There is tremendous relief in knowing his love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery can disillusion him about me.

—J.I. Packer

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    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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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…