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Weekend A La Carte (May 16)

There are mainly, though not exclusively, classics listed in today’s Kindle deals.

Why Has Covid-19 Hit Seniors So Hard?

Part of the brief of this pandemic has been seeing how it has hit the most vulnerable people the hardest. “The Covid-19 pandemic presents a doubly complicated situation for older people: Not only are they at higher risk of contracting the disease, and more likely to develop severe infections and die from it, but they are also the most likely to struggle with—and suffer from— the consequences of prevention strategies like social distancing.” (Speaking of vulnerable people, here’s how Mumbai is seeing an uptick in cases.)

Not Too Good to be True

Andrea Crocker: “In general, we ought to be skeptical of over-the-top claims. Advertisers frequently make boasts about their products that are simply too good to be true. But recently I was reading about something with indescribably beneficial characteristics, and I believe every word. Take a look at some of what is promised…”

I Don’t Feel Like It

“God does not sit back and watch us cry. He doesn’t pat his foot and roll His eyes, and God doesn’t think, ‘Just get over it.’ No, He created tears and understands our bad moods, irritations, and annoyance with bothersome people. I’m not saying God condones wrong/sinful behaviors, but He knows how to remedy our outbursts.”

Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You

Brett McCracken appeals to church leaders (and everyone else): “Churches should strive to honor people on both sides of the spectrum. Yes, it will be costly for churches to keep offering online services for those who don’t feel comfortable attending physical gatherings. Yes, it will be a sacrifice for church members who are sick of masks, social distancing, and Zoom to continue to use these for the sake of others. But little is more Christian than a posture of sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). We should embrace it with gladness.” (On the subject of COVID-19, here’s Michael Haykin on the history of Christians and pandemics.)

How To (not) Be a Humble Leader

“Pastors should preach boldly and lead confidently. The foundation of Scripture gives this assurance. But when church leaders begin to rely on their own abilities, arrogance builds, especially when the church grows. Arrogance is the catalyst for building your own kingdom instead of God’s kingdom. How can you tell when confidence is slipping into arrogance?” Sam Rainer explains.

Of Oceans, Thimbles, and Talking to Your Kids about Death

“God holds us in his hands. He numbers our days. Not a hair can fall from our heads without his say so. He is in control, sovereign, and omnipotent. But it was the way she said it that stuck with me: If it is the time God has chosen for you to die, you can drown in a thimble; if it’s not, then you can survive for days in the open ocean.

Flashback: How Many Loves Have You Experienced Today?

The God who loves created a world of love. What a pleasure it is to live in this world, his world, and to experience love as both a giver and a receiver of its infinite forms.

When you default to thinking of prayer as an abstract activity, a ‘thing to do’, the tendency is to focus on the prayer as an activity – which makes it boring. Instead, focus on the one to whom you’re praying.

—Michael Reeves

  • 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.