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Weekend A La Carte (January 9)

The God of love and peace be with you as you serve and worship him throughout this weekend.

My gratitude goes to NEU for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their exciting upcoming conference.

There are a number of Kindle deals today with the highlight being Susie, an excellent biography of Susannah Spurgeon.

(Yesterday on the blog: 12 Questions Christians Should Ask About Social Justice)

Your Work Matters More Than You Think

Colin Smith says “God puts his people in some surprising places. The testimony of Obadiah can encourage Christians who have been called to serve God in dark places for His purposes.”

A Blog about Blogging

Those who blog, or are thinking about it, will benefit from Blake Long’s thoughts on the matter. “If you have an aspiration to be a writer, then you should absolutely start a blog. It’s the best avenue to get your feet wet. Don’t worry too much about how your website looks at first, rather, focus on your content. In this post, I want to talk about three different aspects of blogging: writing, platform, and motivation.”

Why Isn’t Jesus’ Name Mentioned in the Old Testament?

It probably isn’t the most consequential question Greg Koukl has ever been asked, but it’s still an interesting one to consider.

How to Gain Respect When You Hate Everyone and Think They are Idiots

Michael Patton draws something interesting to the surface with this article. “Vulnerability, especially when it is personal, digs deeper into the human psyche than any life of mistakeless perfection could possible hope for. Our mistakes have so much opportunity if we make the right moves afterward.”

Into the Waters with Us

Here’s a theological article that may interest you. “At the beginning of Jesus’s public ministry, he walked into the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But why would the sinless Son participate in a baptism of repentance? This surprising start to Jesus’s ministry carries at least five meanings: he fulfilled old-covenant expectations, consecrated himself for his mission, represented those whom he came to save, identified himself as the beloved Son of the Father, and anticipated the final baptism of the cross. He was baptized for us, so that we might be baptized into him.”

Remembering God’s Faithfulness in the Face of a Detour

Dave Harvey: “Do you trust God’s faithfulness to deliver again in the midst of your daily detours? Perhaps you feel it now each time you leave your home: the great unknown awaits out in public. Masked faces populate public places, reminding us that we’re not in Kansas anymore. Restrictions are being lifted, but the coronavirus remains present. There are risks that are punctuated each time the press reports a small outbreak. Where do you look in the midst of this unexpected reality? What shall we say to these things?”

Mosquitoes Stab Animals with a Syringelike Proboscis

Here is yet another way in which our best technology still lags far behind God’s creation.

Flashback: Why You Shouldn’t Stop Blogging (or Why You Should Consider Starting)

I want to list a few reasons it may be better for bloggers to continue blogging on their own sites, and why we need a new generation of bloggers to take up the craft.

The Christian life is not just our own private affair. If we have been born again into God’s family, not only has he become our Father but every other Christian believer in the world, whatever his nation or denomination, has become our brother or sister in Christ.

—John Stott

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