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A La Carte (October 14)


Today’s Kindle deals include a selection of great books from Matthias Media (which I don’t think I’ve ever seen on sale before). Now’s the time to read The Trellis and the Vine and other excellent titles.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Bone-Lazy Pastor)

Dark Material: The Gospel of Philip Pullman

Next month, HBO will release its new adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” books. Here’s a look at what the books are all about and why you should be wary watching them (or allowing your kids to watch them).

So You Want To Be A Missionary?

“So you want to be a missionary; what should you do? This question has one easy answer; talk to your church leaders and tell them about it.” Indeed. Please do that!

I took a slight step back, experience teaching me to not keep completely out of striking distance, which would only anger her further, but to be just far enough away for it only to sting when she hit out. She ripped open the envelope and with it tore a part of the paper within. Her eyes scanned the news and I stood there sweating, praying desperately for a good result and a pain-free evening. ‘Please God, please God, please God.’

Africa Shining: Running faster, Stopping War, Curing Ebola, Bringing Life

Here are some of the ways Africa has been shining in recent days. “Africa shines whether we notice or not, but this week a lot of people have taken notice.”

Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims Worship the Same God?

While I understand why people ask, and understand the confusion, the short answer is no. The longer answer is at the link.

Democrats Are Going to Regret Beto’s Stance on Conservative Churches

Writing for The Atlantic, John Inazu tells why the Democrats are going to regret Beto O’Rourke’s statement about revoking the tax-exempt status of religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

5 Ways of Finding Biblical Answers to Your Questions Online For Free

Nitoy Gonzales rounds up five ways of finding trustworthy biblical answers to your questions.

Open Your Bible, Bless Your Church

It’s not that hard to bless your church, is it? Just open your Bible! “After studying Romans 8 with a group of ladies at church, I’ve been struck by the great gift it is to study God’s Word with God’s people. And not just any of God’s people, but the very sisters in Christ with whom I have covenanted through our local church.”

Flashback: Set an Example in Your Speech

Today’s world gives you more opportunities than ever to use your words—to express them face to face, to type them into Facebook, to tap them into a text message, to speak them through Snapchat…Every one of your words displays your heart. Do your words set an example for others to imitate?

People do not drift toward Holiness…We slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.

—D.A. Carson

  • 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

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.