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A La Carte (August 3)

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I recently decided to start slowly reading through church history while taking careful notes to help with my retention. I opened my note-taking app and found … notes I had taken while slowly reading through church history. Not only had I forgotten the history, but I’d forgotten the notes! This is an uphill battle…

Today’s Kindle deals include some good books that rarely go on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: Little Mud Puddles at Night)

The Great Distraction

I believe we are experiencing one of the most significant periods of distraction in modern history. It’s happening right in front of us, and we’re not cluing in. Like the jewelry store attendant(s), we are overwhelmed with the number of people and situations that are vying for our attention. We are inundated with news, ideas, emotions, ideologies, and data. Social media, politics, economics, and conspiracy occupy our minds at an alarming rate. Each day we become more polarized in our viewpoints about what is true and what is false. Many of us have been thrown into a state of confusion and have become completely oblivious to what is actually happening.”

Why J.I. Packer Signed “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” (and Why He Was Inconsistent)

Just like everyone else, Leonardo De Chirico honors the life and legacy of J.I. Packer. Yet he also wants to think about why Packer signed ECT and how this was inconsistent with the rest of his ministry.

She Took A Job As A Nursing Home Dishwasher Just So She Could See Her Husband

I admire this wife’s persistent love (and lament the circumstances that made her extraordinary actions necessary). “When Mary Daniel’s husband was first diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 59, she promised that she would never leave his side. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.”

The Three Waves of Pentecostalism

Robert Godfrey describes the three waves of Pentecostalism.

The Insane Engineering of the P-47 Thunderbolt (Video)

I quite enjoyed this video about one of World War 2’s most interesting aircraft.

The Reckoning of the Minas

The parables of the talents and the minas: Are they essentially the same or essentially different?

What Has COVID-19 Revealed About the North American Church?

It has revealed both good and bad…

Flashback: The Utter Devastation of Sin

There are endless ways that sin invites sin, that sin promotes further sin, that sin invites the opportunity to sin more, to sin deeper, to spawn off into a massive all-consuming storm. Let this be just one more reason to put sin to death…

God hasn’t just sent you to do his work in the lives of your children; he will use the lives of your children to advance his work in you.

—Paul David Tripp

  • 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.