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Weekend A La Carte (April 8)

I dug up just one new Kindle deal for today, though there are many others to browse through from earlier in the week.

The Name is Yahweh

Jesse Johnson doesn’t like the way English Bibles translate God’s name. “It is a translation choice with zero scholarly merit, it confuses by creating artificial distance between the reader and the text, and is not defensible on any legitimate grounds. At best it is condescending, but more likely it is just simply superstitious.”

Why All Your Gadgets Want You to Talk to Them

Have you noticed that more and more gadgets offer voice control? Here’s why.

How to Mortify Sin

Sinclair Ferguson explains. “Paul gives us the pattern and rhythm we need. Like Olympic long jumpers, we will not succeed unless we go back from the point of action to a point from which we can gain energy for the strenuous effort of dealing with sin.”

How Did Judge Judy Get Her Gig? (Video)

Here’s how she got it and how much money she makes doing it.

Why Are Young People So Into Healing Crystals?

Essentially, because you’ve got to believe in something, right? “Millennials say gemstones don’t just look cute on T-shirts — they also offer a flexible, inclusive spiritual practice.”

The Gold Standard of Family Stability

A new study proves an old truth–there is nothing better for families than to stay together. (See also Three Myths of Cohabitation.)

What if My Husband Looks at Porn?

“Through a lot of counseling, tears, discussions, and prayer — a long process of healing and grace-filled restoration in Christ — God has shown me several truths that might minister to other wives like me.”

Flashback: The Most Important Thing My Parents Did

For all the good things my parents did for me, I believe that the most important was simply living as Christians before me. I don’t think anything shaped or challenged me more than that.

Why Easter Matters to Marriage

I’m grateful to Ever Thine Home for sponsoring the blog this week.

I do not understand how a man can be a true believer, in whom sin is not the greatest burden, sorrow and trouble.

—John Owen

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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…

  • 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.

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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…