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Sunday A La Carte

It has been one of those weeks in which I collected more good links than I was able on include in the week’s regularly-scheduled A La Carte posts. Thus, here is a rare Sunday edition that includes some that were too good to just erase.

Facebook Is Changing News Feed (Again) to Stop Fake News

Facebook is once again changing their algorithm, and it matters to the content you will see. “The changes, broadly, seek to nurture what Facebook refers to as ‘integrity’ on the platform at a time when many users, regulators, and politicians have come to see Facebook and its other apps—WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger—as the chief propagators of propaganda, hate speech, and fake news online.”

When Churches Can’t Do Everything

No church can do everything. Kevin DeYoung says, “I hope that with a little common sense, some realistic expectations, and some grace-filled forbearance, we can develop the habits and dispositions that will make us less frustrated ourselves and less frustrating to others. The church may not be able to do your thing, but that doesn’t mean your thing can’t be a blessing to the church.”

Organs in All the Wrong Places

Here’s the odd story of a woman who lived 99 years blissfully unaware that her organs were in all the wrong places.

Parent, You Can Control Your Anger

You can and you must! “You can control your anger! Your anger is a choice. This is good news if you are an angry parent. You don’t have to continue to choose to be controlled by your anger! You have made anger into a dominating, habitual response. You feel controlled by your anger…”

Can We Believe God’s Word is True Because our Parents Told Us?

Michael Kruger explains that we should not discount the testimony of others when it comes to our conviction that the Bible is true. “Now, to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with defending the Bible on historical grounds. The Bible has impressive historical credentials and there’s a time and a place to discuss them. But, if we insist this is the only grounds for our beliefs, then we run into a few problems.”

The Complete Guide to Memory

This is long—like small book long—but still worth at least a skim for the interesting bits. Scott Young says memory “is a topic that has long fascinated me, and I’ve written a lot about memory previously on this blog. However, I wanted to create a guide that would combine and integrate everything we know scientifically about memory, and distill that knowledge into practical advice.”

Boyce Dorm Meetings

Boyce College has been sharing music from their dorm meetings, and I’ve been really enjoying them (while also keeping an eye out for my elusive son). I’ve embedded one below, while others are available on their YouTube channel.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

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    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.