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A La Carte (9/27)

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I was out of town for most of the weekend, away on the elder retreat I mentioned last week. When I returned I had hundreds and hundreds of blog posts all queued up in my RSS reader. I hit the “Mark All As Read” button. I just didn’t have time to read through hundreds of posts this morning (or to skim through them, for that). However, I did have a few things bookmarked that I wanted to share with you. A La Carte should go back to normal tomorrow.

Piper Quotes – This blogger has compiled a list of good Piper quotes. A couple of favorites: “… But that’s another sermon. And it’s really good, really precious. I haven’t written it yet …” and ” I don’t know about you, but I was really helped by my sermon last week.”

Shepherd Press Conference – There are a lot of conferences coming up this weekend. One that looks good is the Shepherd Press Authors conference. The theme is “Rejuvenating the Gospel in your Marriage and Family! 7 Shepherd Press Authors offer biblical wisdom that has the power to transform your marriage.” If you’re in the vicinity of Harrisburg, PA you’ll want to check it out.

FIve Ways to Change Your Ways – I enjoyed this series on the Competent Counseling blog. He offers a series of contexts or relationships and suggests five biblical ways of change.

iPhone: A Blind User’s Review – The Atlantic has a fascinating review of the iPhone written by a person who is blind. He says things like this: “I have seen a lot of technology for the blind, and I can safely say that the iPhone represents the most revolutionary thing to happen to the blind for at least the last ten years.” It’s fascinating to read about how the phone allowed him to “see.” (HT:JT)

That God normally operates the universe consistently makes science possible; that he does not always do so ought to keep science humble.

—D.A. Carson

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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…