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A La Carte (February 22)

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Every day I put together a list of six articles for you to enjoy. Every now and again I think the list is particularly strong. And, as it happens, today is one of those days. We are spoiled by so much good writing!

We are also spoiled to have access to so many great Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: Like an iPhone, Only Much More So)

Ice, Wind, and Unanswered Prayers

“The passage from frozen deadness to free-flowing water is different each year. Some years it is a slow, gradual, barely-noticeable transition as more and more glades form and join together to become open runways of moving water. Other years, it’s much more dramatic as the ice creaks and groans, often shaking our house as it shifts. Then, out of nowhere, a vast flow of ice from up river charges, jolts, and rips winter’s hold.”

Getting to Stop by Woods on a Snowy Evening

“This winter I was literally stopped in my tracks, in the woods, on a snowy evening, by mitral valve disease and found myself slowed down from my usual 45-year-old pace of classroom music teaching. At first this seemed like a hardship to me, something I would have to endure.  I’d have to drop some calendared events, and I’d have to wind down my running activities.”

What Is the Best Analogy to Explain the Trinity? (Video)

Does this video about the Trinity mean SBTS is going back to posting regular short-form videos from its professors? Here’s hoping!

Was It All a Waste?

Sylvia reflects on those times we deal with failure or rejection.

Prepping for the Impending Apocalypse

Justin considers preppers and the most important set of skills that may serve in the impending apocalypse.

Bible Translation and AI

Here’s an issue I expect we will hear a lot more about in the days to come: the role of AI in Bible translation. “One of the most important aspects of any translation project is the Godly lives of the translation team demonstrating the reality and relevance of the message long before the words emerge from the printer. As one African church leader put it, ‘we want to see the Holy Spirit in the lives of the translators long before we see the words Holy Spirit on the page’.”

Flashback: I Feel I Think I Believe

It is not wrong to feel, but it is not enough. Feelings will not sustain us when the world turns against us. Feelings will not sustain us when enemies rise up to oppose our faith. 

Prayer is never about asking God to submit his awesome power to your will and plan; prayer is an act of personal submission to the always-right will of God.

—Paul David Tripp

  • The Sun Is Blotted from the Sky

    The Sun Is Blotted from the Sky

    Men of great physical strength have sometimes carried outrageously heavy burdens—six hundred pounds, seven hundred pounds, eight hundred. And even then they have said, “I still have not been fully tested. Put on some more weight! Load me up!” With confidence they have gripped the bar and with great straining and groaning they have lifted…

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    A La Carte (April 10)

    A La Carte: Reflecting Christ in the crucible of your marriage / Finding peace beyond the illusion of control / There are no free bets / What temptation is and is not / Grieving the loss of a loved one / The Bible says it, I believe it / and more.

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    A La Carte (April 9)

    A La Carte: Christians are a last days people / The case for holy obstinacy / Don’t lose your home to a passing storm / We need a gospel awakening in Africa / Can I tell an unbeliever “Jesus died for you?” / Imagining the new heavens and new earth / and more.

  • The Sins That Plague Our Souls

    The Sins That Plague Our Souls

    It sometimes happens to all of us that our memories reach back to glimpse some sin or some blunder we committed in the past. And as that memory flashes into our minds, we cringe, we blush, we feel the shame of it wash over us again. This rarely happens with the sins we consider minor—the…

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    A La Carte (April 8)

    A La Carte: Israeli pastor says “I’m commanded to love my enemies” / 7 tips for reading Revelation / Fear and the myth of “safety” / Leadership in your home and beyond / What doesn’t kill you will try again / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Enough to Get Rebellious People Into Trouble

    Enough to Get Rebellious People Into Trouble

    God has created a beautiful world that is full of wonders, and these wonders serve a purpose—they are meant to evoke awe, which in turn is meant to provoke worship. This was the experience of King David, who said, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,…