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A La Carte (April 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books and bios.

If you live in Canada, you may want to take a look at Reformed Book Services. They are one of those booksellers that only carry good books; they are offering 20% off all products and free shipping after $100.

Maturity Changes Our Desires

Stephen Kneale uses our changing tastes over life as a helpful metaphor for our growing longing for heaven. “What we loved as children we may not care for anymore. What we had no interest in as kids we can’t get enough of now.”

Some Thoughts on Christian Civil Disobedience

There has been a fair bit of talk lately about whether or not this is a time for Christian civil disobedience. “In the midst of this pandemic many Christians are wondering if we’re living in such a time that may require us to be faithful to God at the expense of obeying the law — we’re living in a time where Christians are examining the subject of civil disobedience. That’s because many state governments have put restrictions on public worship, and have enforced those restrictions through the threat of civil punishment. What Christians did with ease only weeks ago is now being discouraged through the laws of the land.”

Loving the Church in Our Songs

Christianity has many songs we can sing now that help express our love for the church (which, of course, reflects Christ’s love for the church).

What Makes It Possible for the Christian to Rejoice in the Midst of Pain and Anxiety?

Here’s a good answer from R.C. Sproul.

The COVID-19 Crisis has Exposed Canada’s Shameful Treatment of the Elderly

Here in Canada, we’ve been hearing terrible accounts of the suffering in long-term care homes, which is giving our country the opportunity to reflect on our treatment of the elderly. (See also: Which Mask Should You Wear?)

Africa’s Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Here is something to keep in mind if and when you pray for the nations.

Identity Politics and the Death of Christian Unity

If you’re trying to get oriented with identity politics, you may enjoy this recent talk from Jonathan Leeman.

Flashback: Fellowship with Godly People

If we are to become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, we must be in close fellowship with Christ’s people. We depend upon their counsel, their prayers, their zeal, and their example. We depend upon their love.

One of the worst things a couple can do is work to change one another into each other’s likeness. They are to be changed, rather, into Christ’s likeness.

—Stuart Scott

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.