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A La Carte (October 9)

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Today’s Kindle deals range far and wide, I suppose. Avid readers may also want to check out Westminster’s deal on The Mystery of the Trinity, a highly-regarded new work.

Should We Expect Our Jobs to Make Us Happy?

Barnabas Piper’s illustration here is a helpful one. “It was only once I moved out and became responsible for my own home I began to covet adhesive-backed plastic hanging hooks. They seemed ideal for hanging pictures or dust mops or calendars… until I actually tried them.”

The Uniqueness of Christian Suffering

Everyone in this world suffers, but Christians suffer in some unique ways. “We often hear that Christians do not suffer any more than non-Christians—that suffering, humanly speaking, is the same whether one is a believer or an unbeliever. The notion, of course, is that hardships are a human experience and misery is no respecter of persons. But if we think about this notion a bit more critically, we can easily see that there are additional sufferings afforded to the believer that are not part of the experience of the unbeliever. Three immediately present themselves in the Scriptures…”

What is the Most Important Election in U.S. History?

Is the coming election the most important in U.S. history? If you think so (or if you don’t) you should probably read Keith Mathison’s article on the subject.

Small and Holy

This is just a wonderful bit of writing.

Land Mismanagement

I enjoyed Janie B. Cheaney’s column in the new issue of WORLD magazine.

Rejection

Darby Strickland writes about the universal experience of being rejected. “Rejection—it’s so personal. It sticks to our souls. It does not respond to reason, and is not easily dislodged from our hearts. We can try to talk ourselves out of the indictment that comes with it, but the words we use are mostly ineffective, reinforcing our shame.”

How Pornography Is Preying On The Vulnerable In The Midst Of Covid-19

While the most immediate context for this article may have passed (the widespread lockdowns) the general context remains unchanged. The fact is, porn preys on the vulnerable.

Flashback: On Being an Inflatable Tank

There’s a temptation that applies to pastors and other Christians with a public profile, and it’s the temptation to look righteous and holy in public, but to be content to be unrighteous and unholy in private.

As every day demands its bread, so everyday demands its prayer. No amount of praying, done today, will suffice for tomorrow’s praying.

—E.M. Bounds

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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.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.