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A La Carte (October 6)

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Grace and peace to you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little collection of books.

(Yesterday on the blog: So You Think You’re Facing Persecution, Do You?)

‘Jesus Has Left the Building’: Scotland’s Secular Slide—and Signs of Hope

“If you could stumble across Scotland on social media, she would be the girl you remember from youth group—the one who went to all the Bible studies, the one you expected to head to the mission field. You’d have to blink and rewatch her post before it would sink in—she’s deconstructed her faith, more completely and rapidly than you thought possible.”

You can’t do everything & not everything is for everyone

“Whenever talk of something a church is doing comes up, it doesn’t take long before all the whataboutery starts. It’s great that we’re providing X, but what about Y? It’s great that X is on at this time, but what about all the people who can’t make that time?” I am glad for this reminder that no one church can do everything or be for everyone.

Seeds And Sunflowers

“Imagine being the person that had never seen a sunflower, and trying to get your head around the idea that the little grey nothing in your hand could transform so completely into something so impressive and colourful. If all you knew was the seed, how could you ever guess the flower?”

Four Questions about the Love of God to Ask Jehovah’s Witnesses

If you can find a way to remember these questions, they could prove a good way to engage with the JW’s next time they come around.

Trust Isn’t Just About Me

“I know worrying about myself is a fruitless pastime. Here’s the problem. Sometimes it feels more helpful to worry on the behalf of others.” It sure does…

What Does Scripture Say about the Fall of Satan?

“The fall of Satan and his angels is shrouded behind a veil and cloaked in mystery.” In this article Dustin Benge shares some of what we know and some of what theologians have concluded.

Flashback: Why Domestic Abuse Is So Very Evil

There are few churches that have no members who bear painful scars related to domestic abuse…With that in mind, here are five ways in which abuse does particular damage and brings about grievous harm.

To love to preach is one thing, to love those to whom we preach quite another.

—Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  • 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

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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.