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Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

Another day, another brief selection of Kindle deals, including a couple of classics.

(Yesterday on the blog: Ordinary Work, Extraordinary Opportunity)

David Powlison (1949–2019)

David Powlison died yesterday at the age of 69. I did not know Powlison well, but in our few interactions, what stood out to me was his kindness. He was a kind and gentle man. Justin Taylor has a thorough obituary in which he tells about the man and his legacy. (Also see Jeremy Pierre’s Biblical Counseling and the Legacy of David Powlison.)

Why Are Calvinists So Mean?

Jared Wilson answers a perplexing question. “The stereotype of the mean Calvinist exists for a reason. There’s a reason, after all, that clichés become clichés. If you spend any time in evangelical social media or have a more traveled experience in evangelical churches, you’ve been on the receiving end of a mean Calvinist before.”

Seven Encouraging Reasons to Pray

Sometimes we just need to stoke that fire a little…

Churches of Peace: The Churches That Defied The Holy Roman Emperor

What a fascinating little bit of history. “In the towns of Jawor and Świdnica, in the Silesia neighborhood of Wroclaw, Poland, stand two magnificent timber-framed churches. The Holy Roman Emperor who ordered them built never expected to see them completed. In fact, he never wanted them built in the first place, for they were Protestant churches.”

Brexit Did not Cause Brexit

Carl Trueman explains some of what’s going on in Brexit. “The fact that the E.U. did not emerge from the democratic desire of Europe’s various peoples or their cultural commonalities is a problem. The union can be no stronger than the cultural ties between its constituent peoples; and they are not strong. The oft-trumpeted model of the United States simply does not apply. Europeans do not share a common language, and their common history is one of conflict, not unity in the face of a common foe.”

Uber’s Path of Destruction

This fascinating article charts Uber’s path of destruction as it became what it is today. “An examination of Uber’s economics suggests that it has no hope of ever earning sustainable urban car service profits in competitive markets. Its costs are simply much higher than the market is willing to pay, as its nine years of massive losses indicate. Uber not only lacks powerful competitive advantages, but it is actually less efficient than the competitors it has been driving out of business.”

Why We Go To Church on Vacation

I echo this. Whenever possible, go to church while you’re on vacation. There will be unexpected blessings and benefits.

Flashback: The Mischievous Protestant’s Guide to Catholic Rome

I found myself wondering: Could there be anything related to Protestantism in the world’s most Catholic city? Feeling mischievous, I did some research, talked to a few people in the know, and decided to go looking.

Forgiveness does not restore credibility, and character must be seen as something that can be lost far easier than gained, much less restored.

—Albert Mohler

  • 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.