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A La Carte (July 13)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

There’s a nice little list of Kindle deals to look through.

(Yesterday on the blog: Dusting When the Light Is Dim)

You Will Fail Sometimes. Don’t Quit.

“Living the Christian life has to be an honest endeavor. One where we admit that we stink at some of the things we’re supposed to be good at. One where we ask God to examine us, to show us our true struggles, to change us by His power.”

Why “Abba” Does Not Mean “Daddy”

Despite some people’s insistence, there is no good evidence to claim that “abba” means “daddy.”

Should Christians Cuss?

Denny Burk: “For some time now, I have had a growing pastoral concern about Christians using foul language. This concern has been driven in no small part by well-known pastors who commend the use of foul language and who do so based on foul language that they perceive to be in scripture.”

Back to Normal Post-COVID? Not Everywhere

This article from IMB can direct your prayers as you pray for the world, for it reminds us that many places are still experiencing waves of COVID and all the restrictions that come with them.

Why You Should Embrace Boredom

This is one of those things I do well with for a time, then go through times of total failure.

A Hidden Beauty

Chris Thomas writes movingly of hidden beauty. “This is the Australian Outback. Immortalised by European poets for over two centuries, but first recorded by an ancient people who etched and imprinted its story into the very escarpments they lived beneath. This was my childhood home.”

Finding Hope When You’ve Made Mistakes with Your Children

There is hope here for parents who know they’ve made mistakes with their children (which, I expect, includes all of us).

Flashback: The History of Nothing, No One, and Nowhere

As our culture has more and more rejected the notion of the providence of God, and indeed the very existence of God, history is being told in a way that is distinctly godless.

How can you expect to dwell with God forever if you so neglect and forsake him here?

—Jonathan Edwards

  • 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…

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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.