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A La Carte (February 23)

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Grace and peace to you this morning!

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Today’s Kindle deals include a number of books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Homesick)

The Amazing Bombardier Beetle

Amazing, indeed, and one that shows every evidence of design.

Why I’m Mostly Quoting Dead Guys These Days

Jared Wilson explains why he is leaning toward mostly quoting dead guys these days. “The endorsements printed on the back cover of Paul Tripp’s 2012 book Dangerous Calling now serves as an ironic reminder of how many of our vaunted figures stand on feet of clay. Some of these ‘falls’ we probably should have seen coming. Others startle us. I don’t know about you, but I am weary of having this rug pulled out from under me.”

Toward A Public Theology For A Technological Age

“While the rise of transnational entities, like technology companies, may present unique challenges on issues like online governance, it also presents a unique opportunity for Christians to engage technology companies with a robust public theology built upon the unchanging understanding of human dignity and freedom.”

Churches Shouldn’t Have a Fourth Wall

I appreciate some of what Mike says here about awkwardness and breaking the fourth wall.

Sexuality?? Interaction?? Gender?

In this article Keith Evans writes about “how the American church (and Americans in general) tend to understand sexuality—as though it is effectively reduced to sex. It is as if the full breadth and depth of God-created sexuality can be boiled down to sexual activity. But this was honestly far from my mind in putting together the retreat content and is actually an anemic understanding of the type of sexuality the Scriptures would have us embrace.”

The Work Of The Spirit In Preaching

“When it comes to the work of the Spirit in preaching, it seems to me that people create false dichotomies and make statements that miss the big picture. Do you simply analyse the meaning of the passage faithfully in exegesis? Or do you wait for a work of the Spirit that is like a rushing wind in unction? We tend to zoom in and pick at certain concepts, like exegesis or unction. But, this leads to an inability to see the wood for the trees. So, let me do the opposite, let me zoom out and take in the panoramic view.”

How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

J. Warner Wallace: “I can’t help but reflect on my own life when attending these funerals. I wonder what people would say about me at my funeral. Would people talk about how many long hours I worked? Would they talk about how many comic books I had amassed? More importantly, would anyone mention that I was a Christian?”

Flashback: Use Your Catechism, Silly

When we are uncertain about matters of faith or practice, it should be our habit to consult this library of creeds, confessions, and catechisms, for in it we learn what Reformed believers have long held to be true.

It is not a bad thing to live from hand to mouth when the mouth is the mouth of faith and the hand is the hand of our loving Father.

—Theodore Cuyler

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