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Sunday A La Carte (October 7)

I ended the week with a significant overflow of excellent material gleaned from other web sites. Rather than let it go to waste, I thought I’d put together one of those rare Sunday editions of A La Carte. Here are a few articles that may benefit you today.

Where the Differences Lie between Bruxy Cavey and (Reformed) Evangelicals

Several people have asked my view on the recent dialog between TGC Canada and Bruxy Cavey. I really appreciate what Wyatt Graham had to say in this post in which he brings some very precise analysis.

Jordan Peterson in Kansas City

I very much enjoyed reading Owen Strachan’s report/review of a recent Jordan Peterson event in Kansas City. “Peterson’s talk left me intrigued and enlightened but also rather sad. He is a brilliant man. But he genuinely seems to believe that he has–with considerable input from Jung and others–thought up a new approach to humanity and the problem of human suffering, one that draws on the wisdom of the ancients to be sure.”

The Most Isolated Piece of Land on Earth (Video)

Where would you have to go to find the most isolated piece of land on earth? Any why would you want to go there anyway? This video explains the first question anyway.

Thank You, God, for Failure

“Thank you, God, for my failures. I do not like to fail, but I trust you use my failures for good in me. In my failure, I realize how much I need help. So often I fail because I barrel into a task or project on my own. Thank you for reminding me of my limitations and for providing every droplet of assistance I need.” (This article kind of reminds me of the song “Jury Duty” by the O.C. Supertones.)

Against Liturgy: The Word of God is Enough

This review from TGC Australia does a good job of engaging with James K. A. Smith’s extremely popular book(s). “For Smith, the Scriptures are the answer, but they work powerfully in us through patterns of worship. Smith is not denying the power of Scripture—at this point—but arguing that Scripture will only (or mainly) transform us as it is combined with the liturgical habit and practice of Christian worship.”

6 Questions To Ask Before You Click

I am thankful to see how many people are emphasizing love and civility in our online communications. “Paul had no idea of what we would face in our social media frenzy, but he did know carefulness of disciplined speech and measured responses apply in every type of communication. He knew the importance of training thought to spill out careful testimony of Christlikeness.”

Why I’m Worried About Google

I think we’re all worried about Google (and the other massively powerful tech and social media companies). “A couple of weeks ago, I noticed something strange was happening to my Google Chrome web browser. Where Chrome had always allowed me to browse the internet as an anonymous user, suddenly my browser had signed itself into my Google account. A bit of investigation (and a visit to a nerd forum) pointed me to the cause…”

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…