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Weekend A La Carte (June 12)

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

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics, including one I haven’t listed before (Great Gain).

(Yesterday on the blog: Gun Lap)

The Lord Does Not Despise the Day of Small Things

This one is geared toward pastors of small churches, and perhaps especially rural churches.

Think Small for Big Improvements in Preaching

Speaking of small, “‘small’ isn’t a particularly attractive word in most instances. Who wants a small bank account, a small level of honor, or a job with a small salary in a small office? And even though we might romanticize some advantages of having a small church, I think few pastors in their honest moments would rather have their church be small than large and growing.”

The Waiting Time Problem (Video)

I really enjoy and benefit from the videos on the Biblical Genetics channel. This one deals with the waiting time problem.

Translating Figures of Speech (Video)

And, in a different area of scholarship, here’s a video about translating figures of speech from the original languages to English.

Midlife, Christ Is

Jared Wilson considers some of the challenges and blessings of midlife. “I turn 46 this year, loosely ensconced in my middle age years, on the downhill slope to 50. I’ve thought a lot about this season of life, primarily from the standpoint of committing to passing the baton and investing in the Church’s younger generations. But I’ve also thought a lot about the peculiarities of this season of life, how for many it holds such uneasiness and insecurity.”

Fighting Atrophy

This brief article may be helpful to people in areas that are still just opening up after lockdowns.

Why I Left The Mormon Church (Video)

To be clear, I do not recommend this video for what it says. Rather, I think it’s worth watching as an example of a popular and articulate person explaining why he left the church (in this case, the Mormon church). Many young people will watch this and be influenced by it!

Flashback: It’s Not a Blind Faith

Will I trust God even when the way is unclear and even when I do not understand? Will I joyfully submit to God’s will, knowing and trusting that he is good?

People need to see that God is the all-consuming reality in our lives. Our sincerity and earnestness in worship matter ten times more than the style we use to display our sincerity and earnestness.

—Kevin DeYoung

  • 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.

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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…

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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.