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A La Carte (August 29)

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Today’s Kindle deals include 4 from Crossway: Finishing Our Course With Joy and Weakness Is the Way by J.I. Packer, Disability and the Gospel by Michael Beates, and Why, O God? by Larry Waters.

Why Man and Woman Are Not Equal

This is so good: “Women create, shape, and maintain human culture. Manners exist because women exist. Worthy men adjust their behavior when a woman enters the room. They become better creatures. Civilization arises and endures because women have expectations of themselves and of those around them. This is not just a conservative or traditionalist idea.”

The Beautiful Gift of Gospel Community

“Here’s reality: life is hard! Yet, God has so gifted us with a means to remind each other of the gospel in Christian community.”

Meet the Greater Honeyguide

This is fascinating: “On the African savanna, a fascinating and unprecedented partnership between people and wild birds gets started with a simple ‘brrr-hm’.”

A Reflection of Aching Joy

I was touched by this video—a poem combined with a video as a father expresses his love for his son.

Bring Back the Church Prayer Meeting

Yes and amen! The loss of the prayer meeting has been a sad loss to many churches.

This Day in 1632. 384 years ago today John Locke, English philosopher and author of The Reasonableness of Christianity, was born. *

You Could’ve Been Something

Wow. “Somewhere in all of the hype and go-get-em pep rallies for God, I started believing that I needed to become something. When the Gospel is left out and you tell a room of 16 year olds that the world is their oyster, Jesus starts to look like a patsy who missed his calling. He could’ve been something.”

Welcome to the Big Time

This is a longform article from ESPN that examines the troubling history of the daily fantasy sports industry. In short, “The implosion of the daily fantasy industry is a bro-classic tale of hubris, recklessness, political naïveté and a kill-or-be-killed culture.”

Flashback: The Lost Virtue of Self-Control

There are two different lives I lead. Two different kinds of life. There is the life I love, but that is so difficult to maintain, and there is the life I hate, but am so often tempted toward. The first is a life of discipline and self-control, while the second is a life of disorganization and instability. I love the first life, but am constantly sliding toward the second.

God has linked together holiness and happiness; and what God has joined together we must not think to put asunder .

—J.C. Ryle

  • 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…

  • 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.