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Muscular Christianity – Michael Horton has penned a good and interesting article in which he takes issue with the idea that Christianity needs to be masculine and muscular. It’s a bit dense and the font is pretty small, but make your way through it anyway!

The Downside of Cohabitation – It could be that the most important thing about this article is that it is from the New York Times. “Couples who cohabit before marriage (and especially before an engagement or an otherwise clear commitment) tend to be less satisfied with their marriages — and more likely to divorce — than couples who do not. These negative outcomes are called the cohabitation effect.”

Student Reading – Truth for Life has put together a helpful list of recommended reading for students. Also, if you make a donation to TFL, you can receive a copy of Don’t Call It a Comeback, a book I contributed to.

Jon Will’s Gift – This is a sweet and powerful article from the Washington Post. “When Jonathan Frederick Will was born 40 years ago — on May 4, 1972, his father’s 31st birthday — the life expectancy for people with Down syndrome was about 20 years. That is understandable.” (HT)

The Larger Catechism – Danny Hyde is beginning a blog series on the Westminster Larger Catechism. It ought to be an interesting series.

The Bible, The Whole Bible – Ligonier Ministries did an interview with Eric Alexander that is well worth the read. He talks about preaching, the call to ministry, how Christians can prepare themselves for the Lord’s Day, and so on. While on the subject of Ligonier, you may want to check out their $5 Friday deals since there are some good ones this week.

Nobody has understood Christianity who does not understand the word ‘justified.’

—John Stott

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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…

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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…