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A La Carte (February 27)

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God Doesn’t Owe Me Kindness

We can most appreciate God’s kindness when we acknowledge that we don’t deserve it. “When the diagnosis came in February of 2023, God was good. When we discovered that the chemotherapy wasn’t working, God was good. When radiation could not keep up with the spreading of Robyn’s cancer, God was good. When we faced the deep valley of hospice, God was good. When we told the kids their dear mother would meet Jesus sooner than we expected, God was good. And when she departed for that eternal shore, forever to be with her Savior . . . God. Was. Good. He has always, and only, been good to Robyn and me.”

What I Saw at the We Who Wrestle With God Tour

Jake Meador explains some of what he heard at an event featuring Jordan Peterson. “As we were leaving the ‘We Who Wrestle with God’ tour last Thursday night in Omaha, my friends and I were talking about the lecture when one of them said, ‘I don’t think they actually wrestled with God. They just wrestled with themselves.’ It’s an insightful comment, and a true one.”

Does Your Church Have an Evangelist?

Jim Donohue explains why his church has an evangelist on staff and why your church may benefit from it as well.

Putting Jesus First in a World of Pleasures

“Based on how you lived last week, what was your primary pursuit? Was it career, money, recognition, promotion, family, pleasure, or something else? We often know what the correct answer should be, but our lives often paint another picture.”

Send Help. My Husband Believes in Me.

I enjoyed this little piece from Abigail Follows and very much identify with her fear of driving in India!

The Basics – a New Heaven and Earth

Kim Riddelbarger continues his “The Basics” series with a look at the new heavens and new earth. He makes some important distinctions and clarifications.

Flashback: God Doesn’t Need You To Do His PR

“This could never be God’s will.”…They want to protect God from his own sovereignty, as if it does not extend to matters as consequential as sorrow, suffering, and death.

May our passion for Christ always be greater than our passion for an easy and comfortable life.

—Burk Parsons

  • It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

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    Weekend A La Carte (April 20)

    A La Carte: Living counterculturally during election season / Borrowing a death / The many ministries of godly women / When we lose loved ones and have regrets / Ethnicity and race and the colorblindness question / The case for children’s worship services / and more.

  • The Anxious Generation

    The Great Rewiring of Childhood

    I know I’m getting old and all that, and I’m aware this means that I’ll be tempted to look unfavorably at people who are younger than myself. I know I’ll be tempted to consider what people were like when I was young and to stand in judgment of what people are like today. Yet even…

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    A La Carte (April 19)

    A La Carte: The gateway drug to post-Christian paganism / You and I probably would have been nazis / Be doers of my preference / God can work through anyone and everything / the Bible does not say God is trans / Kindle deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (April 18)

    A La Carte: Good cop bad cop in the home / What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? / The sacrifices of virtual church / A neglected discipleship tool / A NT passage that’s older than the NT / Quite … able to communicate / and more.

  • a One-Talent Christian

    It’s Okay To Be a Two-Talent Christian

    It is for good reason that we have both the concept and the word average. To be average is to be typical, to be—when measured against points of comparison—rather unremarkable. It’s a truism that most of us are, in most ways, average. The average one of us is of average ability, has average looks, will…