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A La Carte (June 10)

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Today’s Kindle deals include books from Crossway and other good publishers.

There were many tributes to David Powlison posted over the weekend. Here are a few: John Piper; Kevin DeYoung; Ray Ortlund; Paul Miller; Paul Tripp.

Why We Need to be Intentional with How We Use Social Media

“Friends, do we want to glorify God in all that we do? Then let’s be intentional about social media. Use it for His glory, not ours. Have a social media plan. Take breaks. Serve others with it. Use extreme caution when deciding to enter into the cesspool of social media arguments.”

Confession ≠ Repentance

“We shirk repentance when we agree with the truth of our sin (confession) without choosing the gospel-motivated response. To be sure, repentance is jump-started by confessing our sin to one another (1 John 1:9–10), but it must extend further. We must make no provisions for the flesh, viciously renounce temptation (Matthew 5:24–27), and eagerly walk the tangible road of godly grief (2 Corinthians 7:10–11).”

What Does “Meaningless / Vanity / Futility” Mean in Ecclesiastes?

It’s a tricky but important word to define!

A Tale of Lost WW2 Uranium Cubes

Here’s one for people with an interest in history.

Social-Media Censorship Is the Product of Culture and Commerce

David French: “Here’s the blunt truth, however — most red Americans either don’t know or don’t care about social-media censorship. They certainly don’t care enough to delete their apps. This isn’t a market failure; it’s a market verdict. Apathy rules, and this apathy is sustained in part because social-media companies have chosen their targets carefully.”

SBC Entities Produce Free Abuse After-Care Resource for Churches

“Now available at ChurchCares.com, ‘Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused’ is a comprehensive training curriculum that combines a handbook with 12 video lessons from experts in the areas of social work, law enforcement, trauma counseling, abuse counseling, legal services and pastoral care.”

Flashback: 10 Lessons from 10 Years of Public Schooling

Wherever or however children are receiving their education, they need their parents to be involved. Their parents have by far the loudest voice into their lives and, by looking to the Bible together, we can explore, explain and interpret anything that comes their way. We are all homeschoolers!

A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.

—D.L. Moody

  • 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.

  • Like an iPhone

    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.