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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

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.