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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

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.