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A Long Journey in Church Discipline
Thabiti links to a series of three articles by Tom Ascol. “They are stirring posts about a man lovingly disciplined by his church over 15 years ago. After 15 years of continuing in unrepentance, Ascol and the Grace Baptist Church family saw this man restored in repentance and love a few weeks back.” It is a great testimony to God’s grace.

Sex, Lies and Abortion
Dinesh D’Souza pens a good article for Christianity Today, placing abortion in its proper context as a part of the sexual revolution. “Abortion is the debris of the sexual revolution. We have seen a great shift in the sexual mores of Americans in the past half-century. Today a widespread social understanding persists that if there is going to be sex outside marriage, there will be a considerable number of unwanted pregnancies. Abortion is viewed as a necessary clean-up solution to this social reality.”

The Hope You Need
The Hope You Need is the long-awaited follow-up to Rick Warren’s megaselling The Purpose Driven Life. It is coming our way in November of this year.

Storm Chaser
The Guardian has some incredible photos taken by professional storm chaser Jim Reed.

Trinity and Gender
CBMW has audio for a recent panel. “The panel discussion is a helpful dialogue between Drs. Randy Stinson, Bruce A. Ware, and Gregg Allison. If you are unfamiliar with the debate concerning the Trinity and gender issues, this discussion would be a good place to start. The participants are clear with their position, as well as fair to those with whom they disagree.”

CBD’s Autumn Sale
Bargain hunters will enjoy sorting through the virtual bargain bin that is CBD’s annual Autumn Sale. I spent a few minutes sorting through the products and spotted quite a few good deals.

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    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 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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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…