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A La Carte (10/23)

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Being Better Bereans – Kevin DeYoung has begun a three-part series titled “How To Be Better Bereans.” It’s off to a good start with part one.

Why Is Faith Not a Work? – “Why is faith not a work? If we are obligated to have faith before righteousness can be credited to us (Romans 4), how is faith not a work? I recognize that Paul tells us in Ephesians 2 that we are saved by faith not through works, but I don’t quite understand how to reconcile faith not being a work if we are required to have it in order to be saved.” Matthew Barrett answers.

My House Just Burned Down – “Joel Hollier is a student at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. He and his family lost their family home this week in the bushfires raging through the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. He posted this moving reflection on Facebook, and has given us permission to publish it here.”

Bouncing the Eyes – Men are taught to fight lust by bouncing their eyes. Mike Leake says, “That was the gist of how I was taught (and in turn taught others) to battle lust and pornography. While I do believe there is some warrant to this teaching, I believe now that it is largely incomplete.”

G3 Conference – This will be of interest to you if you’re thinking of attending the G3 Conference in Atlanta this January (Speakers: Voddie Baucham, Steve Lawson, Conrad Mbewe, myself and others). They are offering a special deal on October 31 where, for that day only, registration will be 2 for 1!

Russell Moore in WSJ – The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Russell Moore.

Packer Quote

To know that nothing happens in God’s world apart from God’s will may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints.

—J.I. Packer

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    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…