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Weekend A La Carte (November 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of “can’t go wrong” deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: Think of the End to Motivate the Action)

Four Things That Remain Solidly True No Matter the Mid-Term Election Results

“No matter the results, here’s a perspective we should always remember: America may or may not unravel in coming decades, but God’s kingdom certainly won’t! Neither the judicial, legislative, nor executive branch of our government is the ultimate solution to America’s problems.” Thank the Lord for that!

Getting the iPad to Pro

Here is an interesting review of the new iPad. I’ve had the same experience with recent iPads–they still aren’t a full laptop replacement. (Note: A couple of bad words in the review.)

Why It’s OK that God Loves Himself Most (Video)

“As fallen human beings, we tend to think that God’s love is just like our love. Certainly, there’s going to be overlap—even as fallen human beings, by God’s common’s grace. Love is having an affection for the beloved. It can involve the emotion, the affection, and the desire for another’s good. You don’t have to be a Christian (or to even have heard of God) to feel fiery affection for another human being or to desire their good. Where God’s love is fundamentally different than a fallen human being’s love is that it is holy.”

Updates From David Powlison

You may have heard about David Powlison’s recent diagnosis. Here is an update.

The Best Case for Cessationism

Andrew Wilson tells what he agrees with and disagrees with when it comes to Tom Schreiner’s defense of cessationism. That ETS discussion sounds fascinating.

Stuck in an Airport for 18 Years (Video)

Here’s the strange case of a man who was stuck in an airport for 18 years.

Getting and Keeping Volunteers

There are some good pointers here on gaining and keeping church volunteers.

Flashback: Keep a Close Watch on Yourself!

The sin was so unnecessary, so avoidable. But it became possible, it became inevitable, when they failed to keep a close watch on their behavior, on their life, on themselves.

Christmas is all about love. But how…and why?

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company and this post is written by Sinclair B Ferguson. I am so thankful for each and every blog sponsor.

Happy indeed is that Church whose members not only desire to reach heaven themselves, but desire also to take others with them.

—J.C. Ryle

  • Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention given to the ways that pastors may abuse their parishioners. Such attention is appropriate and every pastor ought to prayerfully guard himself against such abusive behaviors. Every church leadership structure ought to build rigorous systems of accountability and follow biblical guidelines in the…

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    A La Carte (May 29)

    A La Carte: A coward’s guide to evangelism / The great dechurching will hurt poor people / The unique experiences of pastors / Three words for Christian parents / Save the world, have a baby / The conquest of Canaan / Kindle and book deals.

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    A La Carte (May 28)

    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.