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A La Carte (February 2)


May the Lord bless you and keep you today.

Logos users will want to look at the free and nearly-free books of the month. Also, this month Logos is featuring deals on resource by Eerdmans which includes the amazing NICOT/NICNT and Pillar commentary series.

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a long list of deals from Eerdmans.

The Case for Rearranging the Old Testament Books

It’s interesting to consider that, while the books of the Bible are inerrant, their ordering is not. “The ordering of the books in our English Bible is standard, if not universal―seemingly set in stone, even. But that order actually embodies a break with the wisdom and practice that came before. For many years, the Old Testament was read in a different order.”

Ways to Disagree Without Tearing Each Other Down

Barbara Harper says “I’m no expert, but after 47 or so years of being a Christian and reading God’s word, 40+ years of marriage, and more than that of living and interacting with people, I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to pass along.” A few things, that is, about disagreeing with others without tearing them down.

Is There Such a Thing as Bad Missions?

One of the implicit assumptions that seems to be prevalent in our time is that there is no such thing as “Bad Missions”. As long as the intentions of the missionary are pure and the goal of the church sending them out is Biblical, then there are no grounds to question what is done overseas. But how do pastors evaluate what is good missions, especially when it comes to long-term, church-planting missions? (Sponsored Link)

Jordan Peterson, Kanye West and the homeless man across the street

“Why do we want famous people to be saved?” Jordan Standridge considers the question in light of Jordan Peterson and Kanye West.

Purity: How Artificial Intelligence Impacts Radical Amputation

This is an interesting look at the ways AI (and, more generally, modern technology) impacts the kind of radical amputation Jesus calls for as we battle against sin.

This Is Sacred Space. Please Turn Off Your Phones.

Also on the subject of technology, Trevin Wax calls for Christians to turn off their phones in church (and not just to prevent them from annoying us all with their ringtones).

What Happens When a Believer Dies?

Randy Alcorn considers what happens in the moment a Christian dies.

Flashback: How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?

While we may take a rest from work, we must never take a rest from holiness. What we watch or read or play must further our walk, not hinder it.

I would rather play with the forked lightning, or take in my hands living wires with their fiery current, than speak a reckless word against any servant of Christ.

—A. B. Simpson

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    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…

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    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.