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Weekend A La Carte (August 7)

May the Lord of peace bless you richly this weekend.

Let me offer another reminder that my forthcoming devotional book Knowing and Enjoying God is now available for pre-order. Thanks for considering it!

Today’s Kindle deals include some newer books and some older books.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Cannot Be Faultless (But May Still Be Blameless))

Netflix’s ‘Pray Away’ Seethes With Contempt for Christianity

“Netflix’s latest original documentary, Pray Away—about the reparative therapy organization Exodus International—is yet another thinly veiled attack on Christianity by Hollywood.” So says Becket Cook writing for TGC.

Thirty-five Questions for Maturing a Christian Marriage

These could be some good and helpful conversation points.

Everything Important

“I invite you, Christ-follower, to quiet your soul. Turn down the volume. Walk away from the chatter; the soul crushing opinions of this world. Find a quiet space, for only you and your Bible.”

He Gave Gifts So That We Will Not Die

“Persecution is coming. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are coming. Suffering, awakening, complexity, breakthrough. How can I wish that you be just like me when I know that our differences are divinely ordained in order that we might face these challenges faithfully? No, if everyone on my team was wired just like me, we would all die prematurely – metaphorically, and perhaps even literally.”

How Politics Has Replaced Religion In America

Bruce Ashford explains how politics has begun to replace religion in America. “America has always been more religiously devout than other Western democracies. But now, like them, it has begun to secularize rapidly. And, as religion has declined, political ideology has intensified, society has fragmented, and cultural common ground has disintegrated. As a result, politics is increasingly divisive and existentially fraught.”

De Periculo Controversiae (On the Danger of Controversy)

Michael Haykin: “These men and a host of other godly men and women of that era knew the dangers of theological controversy, though there were some people who, by their public speech, seemed to live for a theological brouhaha.”

Flashback: The Book Glutton

Practice generosity rather than gluttony by holding to your books with open hands rather than closed hands.

As the fear of the Lord grows, it outgrows, eclipses, consumes, and destroys all rival fears.

—Michael Reeves

  • 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.

  • Like an iPhone

    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 (February 21)

    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.