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Weekend A La Carte (August 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include just one book, but it’s a good one, at least.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Sexual Revolution Hits Another Speed Bump)

Death By Minutia

We continue to adapt (or not adapt) to this new world. “Postman warned that TV makes us empty-headed and passive. But at its worst, Twitter can make us empty-headed and passive while we think we are actually being smart and courageous. Trivialities are dangerous to to the degree that we cannot actually tell them for what they are. In our age, it’s not the silly vacuity of TV that gets pride of place in our cultural imagination, but the silly vacuity of hashtags and screenshots. Television is just television. Twitter is resistance.”

Porn and the Pastor

This looks like an interesting ebook from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can download it for free.

The Hope and Heartache of Prenatal Screening

Please be aware of what you are signing up for with prenatal screening. “The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that obstetricians offer all women these tests early in pregnancy, but conversations about their risks and benefits vary. While at first glance screening seems helpful, without compassionate and in-depth counseling these tests can aggrieve women still rejoicing over the news of a baby.”

A Strategy for Delaying the Baptism of Young Children

Baptists will want to consider this article, which I believe is very wise. “The New Testament is clear that church membership, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper all go together. In other words, the person who participates in one should participate in the other two, and the person who isn’t ready for one isn’t yet ready for the other two.”

Why I Deleted Instagram

Andrew Peterson reflects on why he deleted his social media accounts. He shares four principals he is trying to abide by that are quite helpful.

Why I Abandoned Seeker Church

This is a great evaluation of the issues with the seeker-sensitive church model. “I began pastoring in September of 1994 – right in the middle of the seeker sensitive craze. The first two churches I worked in were 100% on board with the program. We were contemporary, we were targeted, we had good signage and all our core values started with the letter ‘G’ – we were as seeker friendly as it was humanly possible to be. Both those churches are gone now and the movement itself appears to be in terminal decline. It was a season of my life but I am very glad that it is over.” (You might also read this article.)

Flashback: How Petra Rocked My Soul

All of that parenting and Bible-reading and sermonizing and catechizing had done its work in me, but somehow it was just waiting for one more thing—for news of the warm and personal relationship with God that Petra kept singing about.

Consider and Imitate

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Sponsors play a key role in keeping this site running, so I’m thankful for each and every one of them.

It is our solemn conviction that where there can be no real spiritual communion there should be no pretense of fellowship. Fellowship with known and vital error is participation in sin.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    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.

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    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

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    A La Carte (February 23)

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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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