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Weekend A La Carte (March 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include only a couple of minor deals. We’ll look forward to better things on Monday.

A Pastoral Letter to Myself (In the Case that I Fall)

This is very sobering and would make for worthwhile reading for anyone who is involved in ministry.

When Machines Go Rogue

Here’s an interesting one on the uncharted technological waters we’re entering. “What’s happening inside our algorithms? What happens when those algorithms control our cars and planes? Pretty soon, we may have no idea.”

Church Membership and Prescriptive Implication

This is a good article on how church membership is implied, even if not explicitly mandated, within the pages of the Bible.

TULIP and Reformed Theology: An Introduction

If you’re looking for an introduction or refresher on Reformed theology, this could be a good place to start.

Scandalized by the Substitute: A Response to Young and Gungor

Owen Strachan has written a response to Michael Gungor and William Paul Young, both of whom now deny penal substitution. “Don’t miss this: The most popular Christian writer in our time labels the biblical God a ‘cosmic abuser.’ Ancient false teaching returns.”

Weary Mom, Come to Me

I think a lot of weary moms could use this encouragement.

The Local Church Is More Awkward Than Your Facebook Wall

“In short, online communities present us with a noble temptation that stems from our inherent desire to actively love and share our lives with our neighbors. But our local congregations, however faulty and underwhelming they may be, remain the primary community that God calls us to invest ourselves in.”

Flashback: When I Am God

Each time I sin I make a statement about myself and a statement about (and against) God. Each time I sin, I declare my own independence, my own desire to be rid of God; I declare that I can do better than God, that I can be a better god than God. I took some time to think about how life changes when I am god. The results were not pretty.

The Story Behind The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon

I’m grateful to The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon for sponsoring the blog this week.

The true god of your heart is what your thoughts effortlessly go to when there is nothing else demanding your attention.

—Tim Keller

  • 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.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.