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A La Carte (February 28)


We are in maybe just a bit of a lull when it comes to Kindle deals, but there are a few for you to think about, at least. We will hope for better things tomorrow.

What’s To Be Done? Potentially, Nothing Else.

“We have a tendency to expect the church to fix every possible problem. We can rightly identify things that are less than excellent in the church. But our next question is often very telling: ‘what should be done?’” But sometimes the best answer is…nothing.

The Bible That Oozed Oil

You might have heard of the Bible in Dalton, Georgia, that supposedly and mysteriously began to ooze oil. In this article, Slate looks into it (and, to my mind, does so quite respectfully). Not surprisingly, they find very good reasons to be skeptical about the whole thing.

The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Text

Justin Taylor uses Craig Blomberg to show how we can sometimes attempt to prove a perfectly good doctrine from the wrong text.

The Woman Shaking Up the Diamond Industry

This is a very interesting article about the changing diamond industry. (Note, there are a couple of bad words.) It’s worth looking up some of the diamonds after you read about them—they are stunning.

A Clock at Windsor

You’ll enjoy reading Jennie Cesario’s reflections on a precious little clock in Windsor Castle.

Kangaroo Rats Are Furry, Spring-Loaded Ninjas (Video)

They’re amazing little creatures, aren’t they?

Signs of Christian Maturity

Costi Hinn shares some signs of increased Christian maturity. “The Bible repeatedly teaches that Christians are supposed to be maturing in many ways — all of which enable us to bring glory to God and fulfill our purpose on earth (Ephesians 2:8-10). In other words, ‘cruise control’ Christianity is not genuine Christianity. Salvation is not merely eternal life insurance. Salvation is not a get-rich, get-healed, get-famous formula either.”

Flashback: Little Words That Make All the Difference

“Now this is me, not the Bible.” You are making it clear that you’ve gone from an area of absolute biblical clarity to an area of wisdom and conscience. You are ensuring that both you and he acknowledge the difference.

God’s method of sanctification is neither activism (self-reliant activity) nor apathy (God-reliant passivity), but God-dependent effort.

—J.I. Packer

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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.

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.