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A La Carte (March 11)


As is typical for Mondays, there’s a nice little group of Kindle deals to work through, most of which are from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Pastoral Prayer)

Sin Is Cosmic Treason

You’ve probably heard R.C. Sproul’s description of sin as cosmic treason. Here’s an explanation. “‘The sinfulness of sin’ sounds like a vacuous redundancy that adds no information to the subject under discussion. However, the necessity of speaking of the sinfulness of sin has been thrust upon us by a culture and even a church that has diminished the significance of sin itself.”

All the Time Management in the World Won’t Make You God

“I don’t have good enough control over my time on an ordinary day. Take an hour away and I give way to an extraordinary bitterness that someone very far outside of my own sphere has the right and power to mess with something as basic and ubiquitous as the time.”

Canada Will Lose 9,000 Churches

We know the church is the people, not the building, but that doesn’t make this much less tragic (both for what it is and for what it represents). “A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 religious spaces in Canada will be lost in the next decade, roughly a third of all faith-owned buildings in the country.”

5 Rules to Help You Fail Less Often with Social Media

Failing less often may be the best we can hope for here. “In his new, thoughtful, helpful book, The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction (IVP, 2019), Justin Whitmel Earley talks about five things he has started doing to retain some sanity when it comes to social media.”

What Is Biblical Marriage? 11 Essential Principles.

Have you ever tried to actually define marriage? Here’s an attempt. “What is marriage? It’s a question the Bible holds the keys to because God created marriage and revealed it in Scripture. Given the confusion in our culture and in our churches, agreeing upon the basic meaning of marriage is no longer a ‘given.’”

A Bird is Born (Video)

“Enter a fertilized egg to witness the development of a chicken embryo. Spectacular animation and live action footage document the extraordinary 21-day process of organization and growth from a few cells into a bird.”

Decoding the Social Media Algorithms. The Ultimate Guide

Much of our lives is now experienced through algorithms, and here’s how some of them work. “We now live in a world where bite-sized chunks of mathematical data have become central to how we live our daily lives. When you search online, scroll through your social feeds or receive song recommendations from Spotify, you are being guided by an algorithm that understands your consumption habits perhaps more than you do.”

Flashback: An Intimidating Opportunity

How could I explain pastoring to people who have never been inside a church, who have never read a word of the Bible, and who know Jesus as only a swear word?

In due time the weeping intercessor will become the rejoicing winner of souls.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.