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A La Carte (March 11)

The Greater the Sinner

The New Yorker profiles Joshua Milton Blahyi of Liberia where most still know him by his nom de guerre from the nineteen-nineties: General Butt Naked. He is now a preacher and claims to have turned around his life.

Encouraging Women to Do Biblical Studies at the Graduate Level

I was very glad to read this article and very much agree with its major point: “Reasons why complementarians of many stripes should encourage as many women as possible to get a Masters degree (or its equivalent) in biblical studies.”

How Far Is Planet 9?

It’s possible that there is actually a ninth planet out there. If there is, this video explains just how far from us it is.

“With only my own observations of society and personal relationships, I am seeing more married couples separating and divorcing. Especially for adults in their mid-30s to mid-40s, it seems to have become a trend.” I think he could be right.

When Washrooms Are Weaponized

Jeff Jones peers a couple of years into the future and sees how bathrooms and change rooms will become the battleground for activism.

What You Should Know about the Syrian Civil War

Joe Carter offers a very helpful explanation of the Syrian Civil War (which has led, of course, to the Syrian refugee crisis).

This Day in 1888. 128 years ago today, Samuel Zwemer preached his first sermon, which was to a congregation of black people in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Later, he was a notable missionary to the Arab world. *

What Should You Look For in a Church?

This will serve as a helpful guide, I’m sure.

Gurnall

Unholiness in a preacher’s life will either stop his mouth from reproving or the people’s ears from receiving.

—William Gurnall

  • 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.