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A La Carte (March 11)


May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

This week at Westminster Books you’ll find deals on the 5 Things To Pray series of prayer guides.

The Christian case against Bitcoin and blockchain

A few weeks back I shared an article about Bitcoin (which was written by a friend, not by me). In this lengthy response, Luke Plant vehemently disagrees and tells why he thinks everyone should stay away from Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. I, for one, benefit from a thoughtful dissenting perspective like Luke’s.

A Random Series of One-Off Appearances

This is an interesting way to think about the value of preaching verse by verse and book by book.

Is your church website accomplishing the right things?

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What if I suffer from severe anxiety? (Video)

Mike Hillerman of RTS answers the question.

Remaining Faithful in Your Marriage (Video)

Here Conrad Mbewe speaks about faithfulness in marriage by addressing an issue that’s of importance in his Zambian context.

5 Questions for Young Christians About Their Media Choices

“If you’re a parent, pastor, youth leader, or mentor, here are five questions to discuss about media with youth.”

My Only Comfort

“I suppose this is part of what it means to grow old. Pain comes more quickly—if it ever really leaves. Like the birds of morning and the crickets of night, the noise of pain exists in an ever-present state, sitting in the background of everything else going on. The difference, of course, is no one considers the pain beautiful. No one stops to listen to the pain. What’s the point? It only makes it stronger.” Yup, that’s growing older.

Flashback: Never Read a Bible Verse (and Never Listen To a Sermon Clip)

…allow me to suggest that you also never listen to a sermon clip, never watch a YouTube excerpt, and never read a quote. Not unless you are willing to do the work of properly, diligently, and honestly understanding its context.

No one’s sin toward us can ever justify our sin toward them. What’s more, these days, when everyone is outraged by everything, kindness is radical.

—Isaac Adams

  • 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.

  • 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.