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A La Carte (October 22)


Today’s Kindle deals include an extensive list of books from Matthias Media that, to my knowledge, have not been on sale before.

(Yesterday on the blog: 6 Reasons For You To Consider Writing)

The Pastor as Hourly Employee?

“There are few things that elicit a deeper groan of sympathy from my own heart than a fellow pastor of a smaller church who tells me that his elders are suspicious enough to resort to tracking how much time he spends ‘in the office.’ To me, it is an immediate sign of an unhealthy session that distrusts the pastor when the elders want a man to keep track of his hours or when they take it upon themselves to do so.”

Discover the Truth about Isa al Masih (Jesus Christ)

Justin Taylor highlights what looks like it could prove an important series of videos.

Road Built by Biblical Villain Uncovered in Jerusalem

National Geographic has the story: “A long-buried street that led pilgrims to the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago was commissioned by Roman governor Pontius Pilate.”

I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight

We may be coming into the age of ultra-long flights. It raises the question: If you need to get between, let’s say, Toronto and Sydney anyway, would you rather do it in one long flight, or in a few shorter flights?

The Freebie Round-Up

Nitoy Gonzales continues to find and share some of the best free stuff for Christians.

A Life Well Lived

Some of my favorite obituaries to read are those in honor of ordinary people. Here is an encouraging one a friend sent my way. “My sister was generous, hospitable, loyal, trustworthy, genuine and absolutely bursting with life. Even when others let her down she was quick to forgive. In her 51 years she was a shining example of a life well lived. She embodied the verse in John 10 v 10 ‘I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.’ Anna embodied the Christian life. She loved creation, she loved people, she practised hospitality, she loved her church family and she lived out her faith in an authentic and practical way.”

How Amazon Returns Work (Video)

I found this a fascinating look at how Amazon handles the crazy logistics of so many returned items.

Flashback: Young Christian: Give the Lord a Lot to Work With

The teens and twenties—these are years that can be put to very good use or that can be squandered. These are years that can form the firm foundation of a life well-lived or the unsteady foundation of a life tragically wasted.

It’s a pretty empty feeling to pray for someone when deep down inside you’re not actually believing it’s going to matter.

—David Platt

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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

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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…