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A La Carte (March 9)


The God of love and peace be with you today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Most To Jesus I Surrender (or Maybe Just Some))

Love Is

This is a sweet reflection on the nature of love.

Should Students Use AI for Writing Assignments?

“Can AI be used legitimately in the process of writing an academic assignment? My own institution has assembled a task force to determine what we consider legitimate and illegitimate use. In the meantime, here’s my own initial, not-yet-fully-processed take: Using AI for early research is OK. Using AI to write is wrong.” This makes sense to me.

Is Technology Causing Me to Disobey God in my Reading?

And speaking of technology: “Because reading requires serious meditation and intentional reflection, allowing technology to disrupt and distract me detracts from the purposes of reading. But it’s not just the impact on my general reading that has me concerned, but the potential influence it will have on my spiritual reading.”

What are some misconceptions of Calvinism? (Video)

This video addresses a few common misconceptions of Calvinism.

The Key To Understanding The Bible

“All through the Bible, the blessings of faith are for those who trust. The blessings of obedience are for those who obey. The generosity of God is for those who admit their need and come to him. The wisdom of God is for those who listen.”

Words Grow Wiser with Age

This is so good. “We should take care to position ourselves as experts on anything unless we truly are qualified for such a title. Instead, let’s be slow to speak, because wisdom is often found and best communicated with such careful treading, and our words will likely grow better with age.”

Flashback: Showing Mercy in A Feeding Frenzy

Far more people know their financial poverty than their spiritual poverty. Don’t we feel a deep compassion toward those who do not know Jesus and who don’t even know that they need him?

The reason God commands us to love Him with all our heart is not because He is an egomaniac! It is because He knows that anything we love more than Him will betray us.

—Matt Papa

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