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Monergism Announces Redesign
Monergism has redesigned their site. This is phase 1 of what they hope will be a 2-stage overhaul. It looks good!


Bad Boys Turned Christian
Owen Strachan: “A recent NYT article chronicled an encouraging if unexpected development: a bunch of professional skateboarders and bike riders are boldly witnessing to their faith in Christ.”


A Hymn for Ordinary Christians
Bob Kauflin writes about “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” “The story behind Great is Thy Faithfulness should encourage every Christian who thinks of their life as ordinary. There’s no tragic story (think “It Is Well” by Horatio Spafford) associated with this hymn. It’s just the fruit of a faithful man with a simple faith in a faithful God.”


Rose, Laura and Little House
This article at the New Yorker tries to understand the working relationship of Rose Wilder Lane and Laura Ingalls Wilder as they sought to write the books that Laura has become known for.


The Case for Early Marriage
Dr. Mohler discusses an article in the latest edition of Christianity Today. “In ‘The Case for Early Marriage,’ sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas in Austin argues that far too many American evangelicals have attempted to deal with sex without understanding marriage. In particular, he asserts that the ‘prevailing discourse of abstinence culture in contemporary American evangelicalism’ has run aground.”


Too Critical? On the Contrary…
I enjoyed this article in The Globe and Mail about critical book reviews. “As Philip Marchand, one of this nation’s few critics willing to appear negative, once put it: ‘If I have erred as a critic, I have erred by being too appreciative. I don’t think there’s a single negative word about any author’s book that I would take back, but I seriously wonder about some of the praise I have dispensed.’”


How Whitefield Studied the Bible
Looking to Dallimore’s biography of Whitefield, Ray Ortlund shows how Whitefield studied Scripture.


  • a One-Talent Christian

    It’s Okay To Be a Two-Talent Christian

    It is for good reason that we have both the concept and the word average. To be average is to be typical, to be—when measured against points of comparison—rather unremarkable. It’s a truism that most of us are, in most ways, average. The average one of us is of average ability, has average looks, will…

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    A La Carte (April 17)

    A La Carte: GenZ and the draw to serious faith / Your faith is secondhand / It’s just a distraction / You don’t need a bucket list / The story we keep telling / Before cancer, death was just other people’s reality / and more.

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    A La Carte (April 16)

    A La Carte: Why I went cold turkey on political theology / Courage for those with unfatherly fathers / What to expect when a loved one enters hospice / Five things to know about panic attacks / Lessons learned from a wolf attack / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Night Is Far Gone

    The Night Is Far Gone

    There are few things in life more shameful than sleeping when you ought to be working, or slacking off when you ought to be diligent. When your calling is to be active, it is inappropriate and even sinful to remain passive. This is especially true when it comes to contexts that are of the highest…

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    A La Carte (April 15)

    A La Carte: Personal reflections on the 2024 eclipse / New earth books / 7 questions that teens need to answer / Was there really no death before the fall? / How to be humble instead of looking humble / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Exactly the Purpose God Intended

    Exactly the Purpose God Intended

    General revelation serves exactly the purpose God intended for it—it reveals his power and divine nature. But, its message, while important, is insufficient—insufficient by design. Though general revelation tells us about the existence of God, it does not tell us about how to be reconciled to God.