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Weekend A La Carte (April 11)

I trust you enjoyed an unusual but still special Good Friday and are looking forward to Easter tomorrow! It may not be the Easter we had planned and hoped for, but it can be joyful nonetheless…

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of newer ones and a few classics.

Logos users (or wannabe users), remember that Base Packages are currently 30% off. They’ve also got a nice little Easter sale going.

(Yesterday on the blog: Historical Objects that Help Tell the Story of Easter)

Anxious about Money?

Ed Welch writes about the very real concerns about money. “The economy is in upheaval, retirement accounts are way down, family members are out of work and no work is in sight. And if it is true that most of us have an emergency fund of $500 or less, we are in trouble.” (See also: What Are Shoppers Buying and Not Buying During the Pandemic?)

What Makes a Church a Church?

Jonathan Leeman explains what makes a church a church.

The Historic Meeting on Elbe River

“April 25, 1945, is a date few remember. But it was a significant day in the history of the world.” This article explains what happened that day and tells why it matters.

Celebrating What We’ve Lost

Ernie Bowman reflects on some of what we’ve lost recently. “ Instagram ‘influencers’ have all but disappeared. Celebrity gossip has been pushed off the front page. The constant updates on the British Royal Family have slowed to a trickle (I’ve never understood that one in particular. Truly, any interest I ever had in Great Britain’s Royal Family ended in 1776!), and with the box office shut down I think they’ve finally stopped making Fast and Furious movies. We could go on, but you get the point.”

Visualizing COVID-19’s Impact on Air Travel

These amazing visualizations show what has happened to air traffic over the past few weeks.

The Ancient Computers in the 737 MAX

Speaking of air travel, here’s another interesting article on the Boeing 737 MAX. Did you know it’s powered by a computer not much more powerful than a Nintendo?

Did God Die on Good Friday?

“The centerpiece of Good Friday is the cross of Jesus Christ. On the Friday before Easter, Jesus was crucified and died. This creates a dilemma in the mind of some. If Jesus is God, how could he die? After all, God cannot change (Mal. 3:6), so how are we to make sense of Jesus’ death? Was it real?”

Flashback: How to Encourage that Preacher

Having spoken to many preachers and having preached a fair bit myself, I began considering the kind of encouragement that preachers most love to hear. I thought I’d pass them along and provide a brief explanation for each.

No one book of scripture can be understood by itself, any more than any one part of a tree or member of the body can be understood without reference to the whole of which it is a part.

—Charles Hodge

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    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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: 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…