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A La Carte (March 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include two excellent books by Joe Thorn, several titles meant specifically for preachers, and more. There’s lots to choose from.

9 Things You Should Know About Neil Gorsuch and Supreme Court Confirmations

Joe Carter rounds them up since “President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, is scheduled to start his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.”

Pastoring Singles

There’s a new edition of the 9Marks Journal available and it’s all about pastoring singles.

Why I Love the Psalms

Robert Godfrey tells why he has such a deep love for the Psalms (which explains his new book Learning to Love the Psalms). I need to read it because I know I don’t love the Psalms as I should.

Rejoice! We Worship a God We Can’t Control

This is a good reminder from Aaron Armstrong.

What to Do When Your Girlfriend Is 70 Times Bigger Than You

This article does not acknowledge a Creator (though, interestingly, it capitalizes Evolution), but still points to some strange and fascinating creatures.

We Can’t Microwave People into Maturity

We all know that maturity takes time, so it’s important that we allow people time to grow. Especially our children.

My Father’s Anger

Samuel James distinguishes between two kinds of anger and applies it to those who affirm or deny substitutionary atonement.

Flashback: To Be Looked Through, Not Looked At

In all areas of life the Christian is to be that set of spectacles that allows people to see something beyond, something better, something greater. The Christian is to point to Christ and do to this he needs to be looked through, not at.

The ironic thing about legalism is that it doesn’t make people work harder, it makes them give up.

—Burk Parsons

  • 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.