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Weekend A La Carte (August 22)

Yesterday was a happy day as we got the news from Louisville that my son asked his girl to marry him, and she said yes. What joy!

Today’s Kindle deals include the usual Saturday classics plus a few newer works (e.g. two of the volumes of the NSBT).

(Yesterday on the blog: The Place To Begin When Learning About Social Justice)

Inerrancy and Evangelicals: The Challenge for a New Generation

I really enjoyed this long look at the history and future of the doctrine of inerrancy.

The Image of God and the Wonder of Language

I love language and languages. “Human language is a stunning mystery. There are over 6,000 surviving languages in the world. Yet not one of these natural languages emerged through a process of careful planning and human creation. They simply emerged in an act of collective unconscious (re)creation, complete with complex rules of grammar and diverse and nuanced vocabulary. How in the world did that happen without any planning?”

A Reprobate Mind (Video)

What does it mean in Romans 1 that God gave people up to a reprobate mind? Derek Thomas answers.

Photoreal Roman Emperor Project

Having read a fair bit about Rome and its rulers, I rather enjoyed this project which tries to put photorealistic faces on the different Emperors.

Five Ways God’s Anger is Not Like Ours

Colin Smith lays out some ways that God’s anger is not like our anger. “The words ‘anger’ and ‘wrath’ make us think about our own experience of these things. You may have suffered because of someone who is habitually angry. Human anger can often be unpredictable, petty, and disproportionate. These things are not true of the anger of God. God’s wrath is the just and measured response of His holiness towards evil.”

Anti-racist Arguments Are Tearing People Apart

You might have seen that viral video from a meeting of NYC Community Education Council for Manhattan District 2. Though it sounds extremely mundane, it actually served as a fascinating picture of how anti-racist arguments can serve to tear people apart. The Atlantic has a report on it (if you’ve got one of your free articles left; if not, try a different browser.)

The Answer to Loneliness?

“Loneliness is a serious and growing problem. The stats are pretty heartbreaking. One study found that 9 million people in the UK are always or often lonely—that’s just slightly more than the population of London or the entire population of Austria. We often think of loneliness as a problem primarily affecting older people, but research published this year suggests that younger men in individualistic societies are the most likely to be lonely.”

Flashback: When It’s Time To Remember All the Stupid Things You’ve Said

When you hear how others have spoken idly of you, don’t over-react. A moment’s reflection will remind you that you’ve done the very same thing a million times over.

If we take our stand upon the revelation of God, no revolution—not even a revolution in sex and gender—can confuse us. If we take our stand in any other authority, every revolution will engulf us.

—Albert Mohler

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    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…

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    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: 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.

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    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.