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A La Carte (January 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books that are ideal for kids. You’ll also find Nancy Pearcey’s Finding Truth at a great price along with a few other choice titles.

This week’s deals from Westminster Books focus in on a Christian understanding of culture.

Why Do Canadians Say ‘Eh’?

I don’t know about you, but I found this fascinating. And, for what it’s worth, I’m pretty sure I almost never say “eh.” Then again, few people know how often they use it.

3 Areas in Which Parents Must Persevere

“The hardest aspect of parenting is often not our lack of understanding, but our failure to persevere. As parents, what we need the most is go continue doing the little things every single day. There are three particular areas in which we need to persevere.” Yes, yes, and yes.

Mommy, Daddy, and Their Precious Little Bundle of Data

While on the subject of parenting, this is an interesting look at how digital technology is making parenting more difficult. There are some insightful comments about how we used to raise children compared to how we raise them today.

Ten Reasons Taxpayers Should Defund Planned Parenthood

Joe Carter: “On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that as part of the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republican congressional leaders would include a provision that would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funding. Here are ten reasons why every taxpayer should support congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.”

7 Ways Smartphones Can Enhance Your Spiritual Life

Joe Carter’s also writing over at TGC and countering some of the messaging we hear about how smartphones are ruining our lives. It’s never so simple, is it?

This Day in 1946. 71 years ago today John Piper war born. Happy birthday, John! Enjoy your annual blizzard! *

John MacArthur on Ministry Longevity

Eric Davis summarizes some of what John MacArthur has taught on ministry longevity. MacArthur will soon complete his 48th year of pastoring the same church, so he speaks from experience.

Seasons in a Small World (Video)

This neat video uses a microscope/macro-lens to present the four seasons in our human world. That’s hard to explain, so you may just have to watch it to see what it’s all about.

Secure Your Online Life with the Bible (and Good Security Practices)

John Dyer offers help in better securing your online life.

Flashback: Teaching Our Children To Pray

By encouraging our children to pray, we are teaching them the language, the practice, and the importance of prayer.

The reason the stone was rolled away on Jesus’s tomb was not so that Jesus could get out, but so that we could get in.

—Tim Keller

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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…

  • The Kindness of God

    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…