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Weekend A La Carte (May 23)

It is quite a good day for Kindle deals today, so be sure to take a peek.

(Yesterday on the blog: An End-of-May Family Update)

One Could Never Say Enough

“One tribe could never say enough about this Christ. One language would never have enough words and nuances. One nation would never last long enough to see what many nations over many centuries could. Everything truly great and beautiful about every people group in history will be gathered and lifted before the throne, trying to capture just something of who this Lamb is. And though we will never fully capture him, we will capture far more because we are not the same.”

Why We Don’t See Church as ‘Essential’

Brett McCracken laments that in so many jurisdictions churches are classified as non-essential. “That we have come to see embodied church gatherings as ‘non-essential’ speaks to a few dynamics that the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t create but has exposed. These dynamics were not imposed by some external, anti-Christian bogeyman; in many cases they are dynamics perpetuated by Christians themselves.”

The Miracle Sudoku (Video)

A friend shared this video with me under the title “Math Is Beautiful.” And while I don’t care for sudoku (or math, if I’m honest) I did thoroughly enjoy watching this guy solve the puzzle.

The Nightmare That Colleges Face This Fall

The Atlantic covers some of the difficulties colleges face as they prepare to open their campuses in the fall. “Colleges cannot keep students away forever; their bottom lines can’t handle that financial pressure. Residence halls are scheduled to reopen for the fall semester three months from now. Nearly everyone with an eye on higher education is asking one question: How can schools pull this off?” (See also Al Mohler’s Higher Education and the COVID-19 Crisis: The Determination of Southern Seminary and Boyce College In the Present Hour.)

We Need Rainy Times

I enjoyed this one. “Rainclouds can make a gloomy Eeyore or the perfect background for art and lattes, depending on the circumstances. We could fill books with our rain stories…how they’ve spoiled picnics or made a rainbow at just the right moment. I thought I’d share mine since it’s been raining all week. Wouldn’t trade these stories. I love sunny days, but I think we need the rainy days, too. There is an Arab proverb, ‘All sunshine makes a desert.’ Here are my first, worst, next and best times it rained.”

Pro-life Critics Say Documentary’s Jane Roe Bombshell Is a Dud

“A new documentary is set to drop a bombshell on the abortion debate. In AKA Jane Roe, Norma McCorvey, the Roe of Roe v. Wade, reportedly says during a “deathbed confession” that her conversion from pro-abortion heroine to pro-life activist was ‘all an act.’ While major media outlets are trumpeting the news, and pro-abortion activists are welcoming the opportunity to discredit the pro-life movement, many people who knew McCorvey personally insist that her Christian faith and pro-life beliefs were genuine.”

Shorter Online Preaching: What Isn’t Being Factored In

Colin Adams has some helpful thoughts about preaching in a shorter format (or not).

Flashback: What I Pack In My Spiritual First Aid Kit

I’ve learned it’s important to have a spiritual first aid kid, of sorts. Let me tell how how I stock mine.

What you can’t forget, God doesn’t remember!

—John MacArthur

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    A La Carte (May 17)

    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 16)

    A La Carte: When intrusive thoughts come / How a horse saved orthodoxy / The brevity of life / Bad therapy / Acts of kindness aren’t random / Does John’s Last Supper chronology differ from the other gospels? / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 15)

    A La Carte: My pastor made me wait to enter ministry and I’m grateful / How could a good God… / How should a wife respond to her husband’s bad authority? / Sing your heart out, Christian / Does Jesus’ view of grace offend you? / Preaching the Psalms as a book / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 14)

    A La Carte: When God takes his time / Biblical priorities / God is doing something / Broken pieces / Loosening my grip / Since God’s call is effectual, how can someone be a false convert? / and more.

  • Parents Need to Act Now

    This week the blog is sponsored by Harvest USA. Today, more than ever, parents need to take a proactive approach in preparing their children for a world bombarding them with false messages about sex, gender, and identity. If parents abdicate their God-given responsibility to equip and train their children with a biblical foundation for understanding…

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    A La Carte (May 13)

    A La Carte: Without this, your marriage won’t make it / God moves behind the scenes / Why are there so many denominations? / No suffering is unseen / when self-centeredness sets in / Our skewed view of wealth / Kindle deals / and more.