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A La Carte (June 15)


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

There’s an eclectic little list of Kindle deals today.

(Yesterday on the blog: This Broken, Beautiful World)

Should We Quote the Bible to Non-Christians?

George Sinclair asks the question in a Canadian context, but it extends far beyond our borders. “It is rarely talked about, but many Christians today would say that you should not quote the Bible to a non-Christian. They might say that people who quote the Bible to non-Christians are being foolish since we no longer live in a Christian culture. In reflection and response, I would like to offer four comments on biblical evangelism.”

By Design

After losing her sense of smell through a bout with COVID-19, Susan Lafferty reflects on the complexity of God’s design (for the body and the church).

The Ark of the Covenant in its Egyptian Context

This article from Biblical Archaeology compares and contrasts the Ark of the Covenant to some similar objects from the ancient Egyptian world.

The Most Effective Technology on the Planet to Block Pornography

Justin Taylor highlights a new and apparently highly effective technology meant to prevent access to pornography.

The First Church Discipline in 1,000 Years

“Locals have a very aggressive way of pruning their fruit trees. At the very end of fall, the old men with their sickle sticks make their rounds again – and leave the trees naked for the winter. We were not in our current house this past winter, but we saw the effects of the lack of pruning on our loquat tree. Yes, this late spring it had several weeks of the yellow/orange fruit. It was fun while it lasted. One morning I triumphantly plucked my breakfast straight from the tree. But the neighbors’ trees had four times as much fruit for twice as long!”

The Viral Math Trick Everyone’s Talking About

I’m no good at math, but I do find a kind of symmetrical beauty to it.

Who Does Romans 7 Depict? (Video)

It’s a very common question and I appreciate the way Derek Thomas and Steve Lawson answer it here.

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

The things I neglect to pray about are the things I believe I can handle on my own, the things for which I don’t think I need God’s wisdom, perspective, or intervention.

If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.

—R.C. Sproul

  • We All Have To Do With God

    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…

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    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.