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A La Carte (August 5)


Westminster books has some deals on Lexham Press books. My top picks would be The Care of Souls, Piercing Heaven, and Jesus Wins.

There are just a couple of Kindle deals today.

Leadership Savvy Doesn’t Make a Pastor

“For all those lessons, I never quite became the leader I’d imagined, and it never seemed to pay back what it promised. I also began to recognize that my leadership ambitions eclipsed my desire to shepherd souls. This is the great cost of our leadership obsession: we’re too often left with an anemic interest in what it means to be a pastor.”

The Panopticon Is Already Here

This is a long, fascinating, and alarming article from The Atlantic that describes the rise of AI in China.


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By The Way, They Will Not Listen To You!

Jordan Standridge is reflecting on Ezekiel’s ministry, and his own. “If someone had told me, as I made plans to come to Italy, that I would spend 50 years preaching but no one would ever come to know Christ, do you think I would come? Do you think I would raise the funds, and move my wife and four kids here? Do you think I could convince anyone to support me if we all knew this to be the case? Probably not. But it’s fascinating to consider the thought that it would still all be worth it!”

Teaching Church History to Children

The recent iconoclasm has given Simonetta Carr reason to consider how and why we teach church history to children. “When some deface statues of abolitionists in an effort to speak against racism, while others defend the past by keeping it under a veil of comfortable silence, we wonder what happened to sound reason. To resurrect reason, we need a serious commitment to honesty, humility, and hope in our study of history—and in how we present that history to our children.”

If These Reasons Wouldn’t Justify Killing a Kitten, Why Would They Justify Abortion?

It’s tragic that many people would never do to a kitten what they do to a [preborn] child. “For most of my life, I have been unabashedly and unflinchingly pro-choice. For many years, I saw abortion as little more than another form of birth control. Today, I am pro-life. What changed my mind? It wasn’t my conversion to Christianity…”

What I Almost Said

“Somehow we have come to a place where virtue-signaling has replaced actual virtue. Where shouting our opinions has replaced speaking God’s truth in love. Where winning an argument is more important than winning the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus.”

Would a Loving God Purposely Wound Us Through Trials?

Randy Alcorn says he would…

Flashback: Condone, Condemn, or Mourn?

…we will mourn over the sins and wickedness of our nation and will pray most urgently that, just as we want God to be merciful to us, so we want Him to be merciful to our nation as a whole.

Begin early to teach, for children begin early to sin.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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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.

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    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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    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…