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Weekend A La Carte (8/24)

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Learning from the Idiot in the Room – Mez McConnell always tells it like it is. “Some people are so frustrating and annoying. That is a fact of life. It is unavoidable. Even the most sanctified and patient of us struggle with difficult people (just ask my wife). There is a danger though and it is this. Sometimes we hear something about another Christian or a leader and we make up our minds about them before we’ve met.”

Healthy Churches Are Messy – Why do some healthy churches look unhealthy from the outside? Sam Rainer provides a really good and helpful explanation.

Bumblebees at 5,000 FPS – How do insects’ wings actually work? We’ve just gotten a little bit closer to finding out. Here is a bumblebee flapping his wings at 5,000 frames per second.

Preaching on Sunday? – Darryl Dash offers some encouragement to you if you’re preaching on Sunday. It will also prove encouraging if you intend to listen to preaching on Sunday.

The Greatest Theologian – R.C. Sproul Jr. writes about the greatest theologian among the Sprouls. “Monday was the 16th birthday of my little girl Shannon. And I am missing all that she taught me. Her nickname, well earned, is Princess Happy. Her happiness, however, was born less from easy circumstances, more from deep wells of gratitude.”

The Solar System – This is brilliant. Well, except for the part about the earth imploding and all of humanity being wiped out a few hundred million years from now. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t end that way.

Whatever and whenever God blesses, Satan curses. What God creates, Satan counterfeits.

—Sam Storms

  • 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.