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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

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    Weekend A La Carte (July 6)

    A La Carte: The Kansas City Chief’s kicker and reflections on motherhood / Does the Bible blame women for rape? / Progress in Cameroon / Discipleship is life / The living and abiding Word of God / Stewarding your commute time well / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Molded in the Masters Hands

    Molded in the Master’s Hands

    Peter lives in the shadow of Paul. When we think of the early church, when we think of the Apostles, when we think of the doctrine of the New Testament, our minds probably go first to Paul. And perhaps rightly so, since he is responsible for the majority of the didactic parts of the New…

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    A La Carte (July 5)

    A La Carte: Kenya’s eco-tax revolt / Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her own words / Thomas Jefferson, the Baptists, and a giant block of cheese / It truly rots the bones / Should a Christian get cremated? / Is the Bible pro-slavery? / Book sale / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 4)

    A La Carte: Zoomers and the future of the church / Good sex starts with the heart / Political ideology vs. science / The sacrifices of a wife / Thou shalt not catastrophize / What happens when we trust God for the next step? / and more.

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    Trusting God in the Uncertainties of Life

    There are some things I’m good at. Whether by nature, nurture, or hard practice, I have accumulated some skills and been given some talents. But I’m not good at everything of course. Not nearly. One thing I’m very poor at is …