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Weekend A La Carte (January 4)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few classics and at least one newer work.

This month’s free book from Christian Audio is Tony Reinke’s Competing Spectacles. It’s there for the taking!

(Yesterday on the blog: Laughing at the Days to Come)

Say What No One Else Will

Some men may need this challenge. “When a man spends his brief existence as a remote-clicker, a couch-sitter, an unending joke-teller, when he starves his soul — that which he should not trade for the world (Mark 8:36) — on triviality, and wraps his affections around frivolity, he has become a shadow in a world that desperately needs men of great density.”

5 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor in 2020

Or any year, for that. “Pastors need the saints’ prayers because they are ever the object of the flaming arrows of the evil one. In addition, the world is eager to run them over at any opportunity. As one of my seminary professors so illustratively put it, ‘Ministers have a bull’s eye on their backs and footprints up their chests.’ Sadly, this is even a reality for pastors within the context of the local church.”

It’s 2020 and You’re in the Future

There’s one couple of bad words in this one, but it shows in fascinating ways just how far we are from certain points in history. So, for example, if you’re 60 or older, you were born closer to the 1800s than today.

Praying for Abortionists and Those in the Abortion Industry Makes an Eternal Difference

Randy Alcorn: “While not stopping our efforts to change people’s minds and hearts and advocate for unborn children, let’s not forget to earnestly pray in faith, believing our prayers are making an eternal difference for those in the abortion industry and for mothers who are considering or have had abortions.”

Do Men Lose Weight More Easily Than Women?

Apparently they do…

Sex and the Sacred

“What’s the connection between sex and the sacred? They are two elements of life that many people think are far apart, or even in tension, but perhaps the reality is somewhat different.” Andrew Bunt reflects.

The empty promises of Marie Kondo and the craze for minimalism

This article represents just part of a growing (and inevitable) backlash against the unrealistic promises of minimalism.

Flashback: 5 Reasons We Eat Together as a Family

I was in sociology class when the teacher asked this: How many people here eat dinner as a family at least twice a week? Two of us put up hands—me and the only other Christian in the class.

You’re in no shape to help others spiritually if you yourself are starving spiritually.

—Harold Senkbeil

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    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.

  • 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…

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    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.

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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…