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Weekend A La Carte (1/22)

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So the Blue Jays traded Vernon Wells. I didn’t think it could be done. The Jays are without Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells, the two men who for so many years were the face of the franchise. I hardly know what to think.

MacArthur & Patrick – John MacArthur has responded to some of the buzz about what he said about Darren Patrick. GTY’s Director of Internet Ministry explains further. I especially appreciate this: “Listen. John has more than fifty years of preaching faithfully, more than forty years in the same pulpit—don’t you think you ought to listen? Don’t despise the older generation; don’t dismiss their wisdom; don’t ignore their criticisms of you.”

Saying What You Believe – Piper makes a good point in this short article: instead of saying you’re a Calvinist, it may be better to just describe what you mean.

Tracking Down My Online Haters – A sports writer tracks down the people who use social media to saw horrible things about him and finds out that they’re actually normal, likeable people.

Worthless Small Talk – Small talk is the topic of this brief article by C.J. Mahaney. And I like what he has to say. Let’s not despise the little things that give flavor to life, even if it’s hard to see how they directly contribute to any kind of big picture.

The Ehrman Project – The Ehrman Project is a site dedicated to answering the questions raised by Bart Ehrman, who is relentless in his criticisms of Christianity.

Responding to the Great Distraction – Thom Rainer says that if your standards for church membership are low, you shouldn’t be surprised when the church is full of grumblers.

The Lord of the Rings – This may be the most marvelously entertaining thing I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a one-man Lord of the Rings. And since it’s Saturday, you’ve got an excuse to take a few minutes to watch it. This is part 1 of 4.

If one man should suffer all the sorrows of all the saints in the world, yet they are not worth one hour’s glory in heaven.

—Chrysostom

  • 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.

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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.