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Weekend A La Carte (February 5)

May God bless you as you serve and worship him this weekend.

My gratitude goes to Radius International for sponsoring the blog this week. Be sure to consider attending their upcoming Missiology Conference virtually or in-person. It includes Alistair Begg, Kevin DeYoung, and others.

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

(Yesterday on the blog: 50 Ethical Questions)

All This Wasted Worry

“I find it strange that I don’t have a problem trusting the Lord with my eternity, but I am loathe to trust him with my day.” You may identify with Glenna’s concern.

What do I do when I can’t seem to get over my grief?

This question is handled sensitively.

Six Things Lament is Not

And, somewhat related: “I want to clarify and develop what this practice is and what it is not. Lament is new for many people, including me, and this short post is intended to clear up confusion and reduce unhelpful caricatures.”

The Bible’s light-bulb hasn’t blown

“Sadly, it’s very easy for Christians to act as though the Bible’s light-bulb has blown! We can treat our Bibles like a faint LED that offers no real guidance for our complicated, advanced modern lives. Our lack of reference to the Bible suggests it emits no light. Our lack of engagement with the Bible suggests we don’t actually think there is a chapter and a verse to shed light on all my decision-making.”

Mind Inventory

“A helpful feature of smartphones is the Screentime notification which tracks the amount of time you spend on your phone and how that time is divided up among the various apps. … What if we had a ‘Mindtime’ app which sent a notification at the end of each week graphing out the various categories of thoughts which occupied our minds? What would it reveal?”

Jared Wilson on Thinking About the Sins of Our Church History Heroes

I’ve heard quite a few responses to questions about the sins of church history heroes, but few, if any, have been better than Jared Wilson’s.

Flashback: The Scariest Book I’ve Ever Read

These little temptations look so small and so harmless. They appear to offer something desirable at a negligible cost. But through Owen, I know better. They want to wreck me. They want my utter destruction.

We don’t have the right to cast off the fruit of the Spirit in the name of standing for truth.

—Shai Linne

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