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A La Carte (June 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few titles, but one of them will also get you a free audiobook.

Westminster Books has some good deals this week, including a couple of important titles on suffering.

Diagnosing & Mortifying the Sin of Complaining

“The corruption of complaining is that it is a very sly assault and it is a frontal attack on the goodness of God. Complaining is a sin where the sinful heart of man rises up against God and draws the weapon and aims it at the goodness of His Person and at the wisdom of His plan and at the sovereignty of His rule. O may God deliver us from this monster of complaining!”

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People? (Video)

This is a solid answer to a common question.

Recognize An Idol Before It Rules Your Life

“What is an idol? How do you know if you are worshipping something as an idol?” This is a good look at the topic.

Life Lessons from the Laundry Room

There’s joy and beauty in the mundane, as long as we don’t consider ourselves too good for it.

Why Perpetual Motion Machines Never Work (Video)

“Perpetual motion machines — devices that can do work indefinitely without any external energy source — have captured many inventors’ imaginations because they could totally transform our relationship with energy. There’s just one problem: they don’t work. Why not? Netta Schramm describes the pitfalls of perpetual motion machines.”

Your Short-Term Trips Have Not Prepared You For Long-Term Missions

From Amy Medina: “This is not a post about the good or the bad of short-term missions (STM), or how to do them well. This is a post about the limits of STM trips as preparation for long-term missions.”

The Number One Reason Missionaries Go Home

Speaking of missions, here’s the number one reason missionaries head home.

Flashback: The Things You Think You Can Handle On Your Own

The things you pray about are the things you trust God to handle. The things you neglect to pray about are the things you trust you can handle on your own.

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.

—Anne Bradstreet

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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…