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A La Carte (October 18)


It has been a great joy to be at the pastors’ conference for Fiel Ministries here in Brazil, but my part in it is just about done and I’ll be driving back to São Paulo today, then flying home tonight.

Westminster Books has a deal on what they’re calling their “Small Group Book of the Year.”

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped on a Sunday Evening)

Do Calvinists Believe Myths That Justify Domestic Violence?

“A new study says Calvinists are prone to believe ‘myths’ that may lead them to justify domestic violence. But is there evidence to support this claim?” Joe Carter takes a close look at it.

An Online Decency Moderator’s Advice: Blur Your Eyes

We are all thankful we don’t see the worst of human depravity on Facebook. Yet part of the reason we don’t is that Facebook employs an army of people to look at that stuff and remove it before we see it. That raises a host of really difficult moral issues.

Radioactive Boy Scout (Video)

This is a quirky story. “Think a teenager can’t build a nuclear breeder reactor without getting caught? Think again. David Hahn, aka the Radioactive Boy Scout, was able to easily collect radioactive and highly dangerous materials to experiment with nuclear energy. Just when you think the story can’t get crazier, it does.”

Seven Square Miles

Here are different photos of seven square miles from across the world. Fascinating!

Is Turning Off Your Notifications the Ultimate Productivity Hack?

It probably is just about this simple. “At the end of the day, notifications exploit our curiosity to get us to pick up our devices—even when it’s against our better judgment. Disabling them is another step toward getting technology working for you, rather than the other way around.”

Are You Becoming More or Less of an Encourager?

“This is the famous don’t skip church verse but listen, we must remember that if we are going to enter into the Sunday morning assembly together, we must bring our encouragement hat with us. That’s what the people around us need, and that’s what we need. What’s fascinating about this verse is that our encouragement should increase as time goes on. The writer says that it should increase all the more as the day of the Lord’s return nears.”

The History Behind Ctrl+Alt+Del (Video)

It’s the key combination we all know. Here’s how it came to be. “We’ve only got one life to live, but thanks to three simple keystrokes, at least we can restart our PCs! This is the story of how one clever man created Control-Alt-Delete: a relatively tiny engineering tweak that changed IBM computers, and mortal existence as we know it.”

Flashback: Lay Aside Every Suitcase

In a world that is broken and burning, it is important to lay aside every possible hindrance, to do it for the good of your own soul and the good of those around you.

The seed of every sin known to man is in my heart.

—Robert Murray McCheyne

  • 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

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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.

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    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.