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Weekend A La Carte (February 1)

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When Helping Hurts – This month’s free audiobook from ChristianAudio is a good one: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert. It would be downright ridiculous not to download it! Meanwhile, Logos users will want to grab this month’s free Logos book: Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence.

Pilgrim’s Progress: A Guided Tour – Ligonier has a new course from Derek Thomas: Pilgrim’s Progress: A Guided Tour. If you haven’t ever looked at Ligonier Connect, maybe now’s the time. I think I’m going to take this one before long…

So Many Popes – Michael Horton has a valuable reflection on church leadership. “Even in our circles, there is a tendency to create stars whose models of ‘doing church’ divide the ordered life of local and wider assemblies of mutual accountability. Few actually set out with that purpose.”

Blessings Too Big – When God said that children were a blessing, he wasn’t kidding (Psalm 127:3). I’ve got blessings doing cartwheels in my living room and blessings smeared on my kitchen nook windows. The signs of this shocking blessedness is all over the place. My wife and I spend our evenings mopping up the remnants of this blessing, regrouping, catching our breath, getting ready for another day of drinking this blessing from the fire hose of five insanely cute, creative, and (let’s admit it) slightly crazy people under the age of ten.”

Those Who Doubt Their Faith – Here are eight diagnostic questions to ask of people who doubt their faith.

Outrageous Adolesence of the F-16 – “is is the story of two brothers, who happen to be airplanes. The older brother, the F-15 Eagle, entered the world fully formed, and his doting parents—the U.S. Air Force—nurtured him and quickly forgave minor transgressions. The younger brother, the F-16, was born prematurely, with no name, and scrambled to catch up.”

MLJ

You are always on duty in the Christian life, you can never relax. There is no such thing as a holiday in the spiritual realm.

—Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.