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The Unforgivable Sin – Jonathan Pennington, associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, takes on this always-pertinent question: What is the unforgivable sin Jesus spoke of? I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been asked that one.

All the Radical I Can Manage – Barnabas Piper: “Sometimes faith isn’t radical; sometimes it’s just holding on. It’s not intellectual in the slightest and neither is it particularly well-argued. It doesn’t seek to change the world or do anything dynamic. It is not on any mission and it’s not a unique use of gifts. It is just holding on tight because that’s all it can do at the time.”

5 Things I Learned in Canada – Daniel Darling was in Canada last week to speak at a Gospel Coalition event in PEI (an event I spoke at last year). I’m linking his article mostly because he boasts about my co-pastor Paul Martin, but also because he gives you reasons you should attend the event next year.

5 Worst Books for Your Children – Here are 5 books you shouldn’t read to your children. “The following five works of fiction do not encourage and inspire the love of reading in children. They’re terrible books for kids. If you make your children read these they will develop a loathing for reading that will last their whole lives and may possibly poison their very souls. Let’s see why.”

Gospel Centered Discipleship – Gospel Centered Discipleship has a pretty good collection of ebooks and, for a limited time, they’ve marked them all down to $0.99.

When There Is Nothing to Say – This is another difficult but helpful article on helping others through their grief. It suggests what you might say or do when there is nothing to say.

I hold it to be a fact, that if all persons knew what each said of the other, there would not be four friends in the world.

—Blaise Pascal

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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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…