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A La Carte (February 1)


Today’s Kindle deals include titles by Bryan Chapell and R.C. Sproul, as well as a helpful book on the atonement.

Westminster Book’s weekly sale is on a resource I’ve heard to be excellent: Sons in the Son by David Garner.

Community Requires Vulnerability

I continue to enjoy Christine Hoover’s reflections on friendship. “Vulnerability is the spark for us to enjoy and help cultivate true community. Only through vulnerability can we fulfill the ‘one anothers’ of Scripture—pray for one another, confess to one another, forgive one another, bear one another’s burdens—because only then do we know the burdens of others and only then do they know ours.”

From Book to Boom

“The Mormon church owns vast tracts of US land, and now envisages a huge new city on its Deseret Ranch – but at what cost?”

The Secret Taxonomy Behind IKEA’s Product Names

I guess we all enjoy IKEA’s odd product names. But “what most shoppers don’t know is that the names of those 12,000 products conform to a strict internal logic that offers a peek into Scandinavian culture.”

A Providential Call to Move

Jen is wondering if perhaps the recent immigration crisis is actually a call for you to pick up and move.

Every State in the US (Video)

This is a fun little video that gives at least one interesting fact about all 50 states.

This Day in 1750. 267 years ago today John Newton, an Anglican clergyman, hymnwriter and the author of “Amazing Grace,” married Mary Catlett. Their marriage lasted 40 years before Mary’s death. *

The Myth of Science vs Religion

Justin Taylor has an interesting one today: “Who is to blame for the greatest myth in the history of science and religion? These two guys.”

The Science of Milk (Video)

“The milk industry produces in excess of 840 million tons of products each year. Why do humans drink so much milk? And given that all mammals lactate, why do we favor certain types of milk over others?” This is a neat little video from TED-Ed.

Jesus Loves the Rich

“Many envision Jesus as the prototypical religious leader who only cared for the outcast, the socially marginalized, the sick and the poor. A Marxist, revolutionary Jesus is the inevitable production of such a truncated conception.”

Flashback: Run! Run Away!

Maybe you’ve seen that hilarious news footage of a man unexpectedly coming face to face with a bear. He is on his own property, distracted by his phone, when he looks up right into the face of a marauding bear. The man’s reaction is exactly what we would expect…

A sense of our own folly is a great step towards being wise when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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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.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.