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A La Carte (March 7)

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(Yesterday on the blog: EPIC Australia/New Zealand: EPIC Vlog 03)

Something BIG Is Coming

Yup, something big is coming. Watch this very short video to found out what and when! (Then visit this page for more.)

A Tale of Two Williams

I love this one. “Both Wheaton College Grads. Both lived into their 90’s. Both in full time ministry. Both powerful preachers of God’s Word, and yet with very different visible results. One with the Lord now the other still preaching and writing.”

Shepherd’s Conference

The Shepherd’s Conference begins today. If you are not able to be there, you can watch it all via livestream.

What Americans Don’t Get about Justin Trudeau

This is a very insightful look at Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau (that includes one blasphemous word in dialogue). “Like everything else in his fortunate life, Trudeau’s current identity as social-justice warrior par excellence seems like just one more thing he’s blindly stumbled into, egged on by handlers and journalists much smarter than him.”

Four Things Preachers Can Learn from Jordan Peterson (and One Thing We Can Teach Him)

Here’s a helpful look at Jordan Peterson in his strengths and weaknesses. “He claims to be speaking into a yawning chasm in our culture; the chasm where meaning and purpose and identity used to reside before the deconstructionists deconstructed everything beyond any ability to recognise the construction that was there in the first place. And the stats bear out both his growing reach and influence.”

8 Ways to Welcome People with Disabilities into Your Church

I’m so thankful to see churches putting great effort into welcoming those with disabilities and their families.

We Don’t Need To Go Back To The Early Church

The early church wasn’t all we sometimes make it out to be. “When we talk about the New Testament church we can fall prey to the chronological snobbery C.S. Lewis cautions us against. Oldness doesn’t constitute betterness. Nor does newness.”

The Tyranny of the Algorithm

What happens when more and more of our lives are dictated by algorithms? “Credit scores already control our finances. With personal data being increasingly trawled, our politics and our friendships will be next…”

Grievances > Movies

It seems to me that Hollywood is basically just burning itself to the ground. Samuel James says this: “This is a very helpful illustration of the dilemma that identity politics create. Choosing to honor one underrepresented person entails the choice not to honor a different one. If the arc of film history bends toward justice, does it land finally on a female director or a minority studio head? A transgender actress or a disabled male actor? How do you sort through the competing interests of the aggrieved without further aggrieving anyone?”

Flashback: Spare the Rod, Spoil the Parent

Discipline your children—you’ll love them and they’ll love you. Neglect to discipline your children—you’ll hate them and they’ll hate you. Spare the rod and you spoil the child, sure, but spare the rod and you spoil the parent as well.

The radical depravity of man and the heinous nature of his sin must be expounded so as to wound the conscience and lead men to Christ.

—Paul Washer

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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…