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A La Carte (March 7)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few minor deals.

Logos continues with their March Madness, working their way down to some great deals. In the meantime, they’ve got a Hall of Fame sale on the works of D.A. Carson.

Chance the Rapper

Shai Linne is an exceptional rapper and an astute theologian. That’s why I’ve been looking forward to his promised review of Chance the Rapper’s much-praised album “Coloring Book” which some have lauded as a bravely Christian album. Shai sets the record straight.

Decluttering Evernote

Here’s good counsel for anyone who has been using Evernote for a while and found it getting all cluttered up.

A Small Church in a Mega-Church World

This is a good word at a time when mega seems to be the expectation. “Our culture is consumed with results and numbers as a way of validation. There are many small time pastors who are faithful to preach the gospel and in a moment of despair ask, ‘Why are our pews empty? Does God not bless faithful preaching?’”

VidAngel’s Holy War Against Hollywood Profanity

Here’s an interesting article on VidAngel and their war on profanity (and sexuality) in film.

Hearing Hot and Cold (Video)

Did you know that your ears can hear the difference between hot and cold water? Give it a listen!

Five Reminders As We Serve the Dying and Their Families

“I never imagined that I would find myself so familiar with death as a pastor. I studied theology in seminary and learned about expositing a text and leading the church, but I don’t ever remember reading a book about what to do when visiting someone on their deathbed.”

Wrestling with God

Sometimes we wrestle with the Lord and sometimes we wrestle against the Lord. There’s an important difference between them.

Flashback: My Too-Weak Tribute to Jerry Bridges

I met Jerry Bridges just once. We were at the same conference–he to speak and I to write. A mutual friend came to me and said, “Jerry would like to meet you.” We found an out-of-the-way room and talked for just a few minutes. To tell the truth, I do not remember a lot about our conversation, but I did come away with two conclusions.

If your view of the cross could not be taken as a scandal and an offense, you’ve lost the plot.

—Jared Wilson

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.