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A La Carte (March 26)

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I enjoyed a video-based men’s meeting last night. Some of these things sound like they’ll be kind of strange, but are surprisingly easy and effective once you get into them. And it was sure good to see so many friends again…

There are just a few Kindle deals to browse through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: On Coming Home)

The Untold Origin Story of the N95 Mask

A couple of weeks ago, few of us had ever heard of an N95 mask. But now we all know it’s a key piece of safety equipment in the battle against coronavirus. Here’s its origin story. (See also: The Unlikely Products Selling Out Because of Coronavirus, Total Lockdown for All 1.3 Billion Indians, and the heartbreaking I’m on the Front Lines. I Have No Plan for This.)

God’s Excellent Greatness For You

David McLemore tells how our busyness and distractedness can cause us to perceive God as being equally busy and distracted. “He’s a busy God. He has the universe to uphold, you know. But we’re not asking for much. Not really. I mean, we want a lot. We have requests. We want to see him. We want to be with him. But we understand. He’s so important, and we’re just us.”

What Are Some Misunderstandings About Justification?

Dr. Guy Waters offers a few in this video from RTS.

Why Christians Say “You Were Never a True Christian”

“Rhett and Link, former CRU missionaries who have become famous through YouTube, have recently joined the chorus of ‘former Christians’ who feel the need to share their ‘faith deconstruction’ stories for all to hear. They are now agnostic.” Here’s why Christians rightly say, “you were never a true Christian.”

Fear of Dying

Lou Priolo: “What is it that Christians fear most about the process and results of dying? Here are six common fears and a very brief biblical remedy for each of them.”

COVID-19: How Aviation is Fighting for Survival (Video)

This video from Wendover Productions tells how aviation is fighting for survival now, and how the industry is likely to be forever changed. (See also: Can Major U.S. Airlines Survive The Coronavirus Outbreak? and Coronavirus Makes Travel Cheaper, But Should You Book?)

Pastor, You Were Made for This

Jared Wilson has some encouragement for pastors.

Flashback: 8 Rules for Growing in Godliness

These are eight rules for growing in godliness, not eight secrets or eight riddles. God makes plain to us the way to holiness, the path to conformity with his Son.

Your conscience is a gift from God, and its voice must be heard.

—Colin Smith

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

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    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…