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A La Carte (October 30)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few good books from David C Cook Publishers.

Logos 8 is out! That’s great news for Logos users. Check it out, read about the new features, and get a discount right here.

(Yesterday on the blog: Does Premarital Pregnancy Nullify ‘Unequally Yoked’?)

How to Run a Good Meeting–And Why it Matters More than You Think

If you run meetings, please read this! “What’s the most important skill you need to be successful in ministry? Knowing how to run a good meeting. Ok, that’s not really true. Many other things matter more (a lot more!). But, running a good meeting still matters. And more than you think.”

Jerks for Jesus

Jared Wilson has good things to say: “It’s becoming a common trope on social media — certain figures who spend an inordinate amount of time arguing, picking fights, insulting other Christians or mocking them with scathing sarcasm or silly memes, when reprimanded, citing the biblical prophets, Paul’s harsh words for heretics, or even Jesus’ cleansing the temple as defense for constant platform pugilism. They are “contending for the faith,” they claim.”

Context Matters: The Ten Commandments

“The Ten Commandments have inspired thousands of sermon series, dozens of catechism questions, and even a Hollywood movie. Within the church we parse the Ten Commandments carefully, considering both what they require and what they forbid of us. Despite their ubiquity, we don’t often consider this question: Are we using the Ten Commandments as we should?”

Moral Implications to Cremation vs. Burial (Video)

As Christians, should we be concerned with what happens to our bodies after we die? Does it really matter whether you are cremated or buried? Greg Koukl has an answer.

Behaving “Christianly” in Our Politics

“The question we should be asking, then, isn’t whether Jesus is on our side, but whether we’re on his. This is the appropriate question not only for politics and government, but also every other concern.”

How to Leave a Church

“If you’ve been in a church for even a short time, you’ve experienced it. The pain of people leaving a church in an unhelpful manner. Maybe they just suddenly disappear. Maybe they slowly pull away. Perhaps they leave dragging undiscerning sheep with them. Or worse, they depart, leaving a trail of carnage.” Here’s how to leave well.

How Should I Understand Suffering?

How should I understand suffering? Derek Thomas provides a wise answer.

Flashback: Why Are You Friends with Your Friends

Are you friends with your friends for the sake of your friends? Or are you friends with your friends for the sake of yourself?

Keep in mind that when sin is viewed superficially, it is dealt with superficially.

—Erwin Lutzer

  • 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.

  • 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.