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A La Carte (December 28)

I was not able to track down any interesting Kindle deals for today, but we will hope for better things tomorrow. However, I did manage to track down some excellent articles and videos:

My Personal Philosophy of Open Air Preaching.

Geoffrey R. Kirkland shares his philosophy of open air preaching and evangelism.

Star Wars Movies Are Fun, Just Remember They Sometimes Contradict a Biblical Worldview

Randy Alcorn talks about Star Wars. “I am not a Star Wars naysayer, and it might seem self-evident that ‘these movies aren’t based on reality.’ But I’ve found that while almost no one ends up believing that the particular aliens onscreen really exist, matters of worldview are much more subtly conveyed. So I encourage parents to talk with their children about this, since many of them don’t yet have the filters in place to screen out what’s false.”

Should Christians make New Year’s Resolutions? (Video)

Dr. Hershael York answers these timely questions: “Should Christians make New Year’s Resolutions? Aren’t we commanded to not make oaths?”

What’s the Difference between Lament and Complaint?

“What’s the difference between lament and complaint? Or is ‘lament’ just a name we give to complaining when it’s in the Bible?”

Your ‘Free Time’ Isn’t Free

“Everyone loves free time, the time we have left after working and doing the things we have to do (sleep, bathe, do laundry, take care of the kids). ‘Free time’ is when we can finally do what we want. No one is telling us what to do; no one is demanding our attention. We can give our attention gladly to the things we love, or we can set leisure aside and keep working to get what we want. Whatever we decide, we’re in charge.” Sound good?

2017: A Christian Music Review

Jeremy Howard shares his roundup of what he considers the best Christian music that came our way in 2017.

Why Cynicism Is One of the Historian’s Great Gifts to the Church

This is really good stuff from Carl Trueman: “Some years ago, Phyllis Tickle likened Brian McLaren to Luther and the Emergent Church to the kind of paradigm shift that happens only once a millennium. The amazing thing was not that she said this; in a world shaped by the continual escalation of sales rhetoric, this kind of language is to be expected in advertising. No. What was truly amazing was that people actually took her seriously, friend and foe alike.”

Flashback: The Half-Trained Dog

We train ourselves for a while, but then grow weary when those last vestiges of the sin refuse to die, or when we realize that sin has much deeper and stronger roots than we had expected, or when we realize that we actually kind of like our sin. We end up half-trained, good enough Christians.

There are no citizens of the city of God who didn’t first arrive at its gates as refugees.

—James KA Smith

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    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.

  • 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.