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A La Carte (12/19)

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God Restrains Evil – Randy Alcorn is working toward an answer to this question: Why doesn’t God do more to restrain evil and suffering. Have you ever considered that God may already been restraining 99.99% of evil and suffering?

What Should the Church Expect in 2013? – This is not the kind of article I tend to enjoy, yet I benefited from reading and thinking about Sam Rainer’s thoughts on what the church should expect in the year to come. There’s good insight here, I think.

Let My Tebow Go – This article is a fascinating hybrid of sports and some brand of spirituality.

MacArthur’s Top Twelve – Have you ever wondered which of John MacArthur’s books have sold the most copies? Jesse Johnson did the research and shares the results.

Two different people emailed me yesterday to say they’ve released iPad apps based on The Pilgrim’s Progress. Here they are if you’re interested: #1 and #2.

Weaving a Web – Check out this timelapse video of a spider building its web. It’s worth the minute it takes to watch it.

A Time of Reflection – I was really encouraged to see pastor Joey Newton talking about Jesus on NBC’s coverage of the Newtown tragedy. (Fast-forward to around 6:38 to go right to his part)

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.

—John Calvin

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    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…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…