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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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    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.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

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    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.

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    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…