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A La Carte (February 17)


Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I dug up just a couple of Kindle deals; I’ll check again first thing to see if I can find some more.

The Long View

“I wore braces as a kid. My upper teeth benefited: they run a reasonably straight line, with equal spacing. My lower teeth didn’t: they run a jagged line, angling for space. Like my son, I pressed to get my braces off as soon as possible. I compounded that by wearing my retainer for a fraction of the time I was supposed to. The folly of youth. The folly of the short view.” There’s a moral to this story…

Still Waiting

I always enjoy it when Andrea writes about her beloved Ben. “Ben has been at home, almost totally isolated, since early March. The first five months he was depressed and frustrated, but gradually he adjusted to the limitations and now cheerfully takes them in stride.”


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How Do I Know You?

Cindy Matson writes about typecasting. “Though it’s unfortunate for actors when they become so associated with one role that they find it difficult to get other work, it’s an even bigger travesty when we pigeonhole people for the wrong reasons. Paul calls this knowing them from a ‘worldly perspective’.”

Mars Rover Landing CRASH COURSE (Video)

A new Mars Rover is about to land on Mars and in this video, Mark Rober introduces us to it. (Note: He assumes a very old universe and evolutionary origin for life.)

Posh Football Players & Church In Deprived Communities

Stephen Kneale writes about some of the struggles between Christians in deprived communities and those in middle class communities.

The Problem with the “Unencumbered Spiritual Self”

“Nearly four decades ago, Harvard law professor Michael Sandel described a certain view of humanity as ‘the unencumbered self.’ To be ‘unencumbered’ means our identity is not defined or limited by the fundamental relationships into which we are born or the network of relations we inherit. The unencumbered self is defined instead by the capacity to choose, and in an expressive individualist society, the choices we make regarding our future must arise from within. We look inside ourselves to define our identity and establish our destiny, not outside to any other source of authority or obligation.”

Flashback: How To Be Conformed to the World

Worldliness is like gravity, always there, always pushing down on you, always exerting its influence on you. As a Christian you are charged with resisting it day by day. You must and you can.

God’s glory is in the firmament, in all the creatures, but more especially and fully in the church.

—William Greenhill

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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…