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A La Carte (May 31)

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Grace and peace be with you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Dark, Enduring Legacy of Friends

With a new Friends special getting lots of attention, Jonathon Van Maren writes about the show’s dark, enduring legacy. “TV sitcoms tell stories; stories have storytellers. The cast and crew of Friends wanted to push the envelope, knowing that TV is a frequently a feedback loop that not only reflects culture but also drives, shapes, and informs it.”

A Tale of Two Poohs

It’s quite a good comparison, this. “I grew up with Winnie the Pooh, but I also grew up with the Christian faith. In some ways, the two were very similar, quiet, understated (at times, I think childhood church was actually in black and white!) and English. We were the inheritors of historic Christianity (we had the history books to prove it) and we sent missionaries out to the rest of the world to spread the faith to the rest of the world.”

Why Are There So Many Versions of the Bible?

“Why are there so many different translations of the Bible? Go into any Christian bookstore, and you can find an entire shelf—sometimes an entire section!—of different Bible translations.” Greg Gilbert offers an answer here.

See John Piper *LIVE* AT RMC21, JUNE 23-24

June 23-24th at Bethlehem Baptist Church Radius International will host their annual missiology conference. John Piper, Mark Dever, Wayne Chen, Harshit Singh, Brooks Buser, and others from the Radius world will be live and in-person to teach on the Great Commission in today’s world with free books from 9Marks, Banner of Truth, and Desiring God. (Sponsored Link)

Technology and the Future of Virtual Biblical Counseling

It seems to me (and to Eliza Huie, based on this article) that biblical counseling will be forever changed by the pandemic and the move to online meetings. “A year ago almost every biblical counselor had a decision to make–namely, how and when to continue to provide counseling under imposed government regulations. As biblical counselors we may have wondered if a day would come when the government would stop the work that we were doing. None of us, however, could have predicted what actually happened.”

Please, Talk to the New Person

Yes, please do!

He Has Written

Chris Thomas says, “it should not surprise us that our God is portrayed as a writer.” And he explains why.

How Did John Calvin Die?

David Strain recounts the final days, death, and burial of Calvin.

Flashback: The Five Things You Want Your Church To Be

Realistically, we have to know that while our greatest needs are met perfectly in Christ, all our other desires are met imperfectly through imperfect people. We have to learn to find joy in this imperfection and despite this imperfection.

The death of the body is easy when the soul is dead to sin.

—Adelaide Rodham

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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