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A La Carte (July 4)


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(Yesterday on the blog: Make Some Return To Your Parents)

The Most Radical Mission For Christians May Be The Most Mundane

“It’s not that we should lower our expectations or squelch the ambitious visionaries in our midst. It’s just that sometimes the most effective mission is the patient, quiet, unheralded…”

Is It Bigoted Not to Date Someone Who Is Transgendered?

The majority of people who claim to support transgenderism and to eradicate differences between genders are still unwilling to date a transgendered person. “Nearly 90% of individuals–including gays and lesbians–would not consider dating someone who is transgendered. Is this because of bigotry against men who identify as women and women who identify as men? Or do these findings reveal a weakness in the ideology of transgenderism?”

Pictures of Preachers

It’s always amazing to me how often God uses word pictures to help us understand truth.

The World’s Shortcut (Video)

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Panama Canal to the world today. Here’s a brief history and a description of how it works.

How Many of the Founding Fathers Went to “Seminary”?

It’s not unusual to hear that many of the Founding Fathers went to seminary. But did they really? “Advocates of a Christian influence in America’s founding have plenty of evidence to work with, but too often that evidence has been stretched beyond reasonable historical limits.”

The Rise of the Only Child

This article provides a secular look at the rising phenomenon of one-child families. “In recent decades, something has begun to shift. Families are shrinking, and improvements in gender equality have made childbearing more of a question than a given. As Gen X and millennial women prioritize personal and career goals, as couples marry and start their families later in life, more parents find themselves mulling the logistical, financial and philosophical possibilities of a smaller family: What would it mean for them if they had only one child? What would it mean for their offspring?”

A Heartfelt Open Letter to CNN’s Alysin Camerota

“Dear Ms. Camerota. A few weeks ago, I listened as you interviewed Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill on the issue of Indiana’s law banning eugenic abortions. I was saddened by your curiosity, ‘…why would you want a family to have to have a child with a severe disability?’”

Flashback: Honestly Assessing Our Decision to Public School Our Kids

Did we make a good and wise choice or did we blow it? I wanted to hear it from him, so decided to ask him a few questions about his experience.

God can look sourly, and chide bitterly, and strike heavily, even where and when he loves dearly.

—Thomas Brooks

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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…