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A La Carte (January 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include several good titles from Crossway that will help you better understand the Bible.

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right

Jared Wilson: “Actually, these are more like five ‘right ideas’ or five ‘right tracks’ the ‘seeker sensitive’ church growth movement started down before it veered hard into a fuller blown consumerism and became the attractional church.”

Selective Hearing

“Your ears are delicate instruments, fine-tuned to hear a wide range of noises. What keeps them from being ripped apart by violent waves of loud vibrations?”

#NotMyPresident

“I have noticed all over social media for some time the hashtag #NotMyPresident. Both sides. Do your own search on Twitter. You’ll find those who reject President Obama and others who reject President-elect Trump. Democrats. Republicans. Libertarians. Independents. Men. Women. Old. Young.” Kevin Carson discusses the hashtag and the movement behind it.

Build a Rescue Ship, Not a Luxury Liner

J.D. Greear uses a helpful illustration. “Yes, we want to have warm, inviting, well-kept environments, done excellently for the glory of God. But we do it with the understanding that our resources weren’t given to us to create a cruise liner for Christians; they were given to build a rescue station for the broken.”

Wisdom for Reading the Proverbs

“Facing the difficulties of reading the Proverbs—while knowing that they are necessary for our spiritual growth in grace—here are seven tips on how to get the most out of reading Proverbs.”

This Day in 1890. 127 years ago today hymnwriter Florence Catherine Armstrong died. One of her best-known hymns was ‘Oh to Be Over Yonder.’ *

iPhone Naysayers

It’s kind of fun to go back and read the people who said the iPhone was going to be a disaster rather than a world-changer. “If it’s smart [Apple] will call the iPhone a ‘reference design’ and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures… Otherwise I’d advise people to cover their eyes. You are not going to like what you’ll see.”

The Best Kind of Self-Care is Care for Others

You’ll need to be sure to read all the way to the end to get the best part of this one! Here’s the theme: “The joy that comes in serving others is grossly underrated.”

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec has the distinction of being the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name. Also, no one knows who put them there.

Flashback: The Greatest Hindrance to the Gospel Today

What is the greatest hindrance to the gospel today? To echo Chesterton, I am.

Jon Foreman

The kingdom of heaven is comprised of the broken, the fatherless, the poor, the starving… Nothing that could create good ratings for NBC.

—Jon Foreman

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    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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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.