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A La Carte (April 20)

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Will My Son Go to Heaven? Infancy, Disability, and Sovereign Grace

That all those who die in infancy or with a severe cognitive disability go to heaven is by far the majority position among Christians, and in this article John Knight defends that position. (The next most common position is that the Bible simply doesn’t make it clear, so we should put our confidence in the goodness and wisdom of God.)

Things Are Real Even if We Don’t Share Them

“I’ve heard many jokes in the last few years that go something like, ‘If you didn’t post it on social media, did it really happen?’ These jokes are meant to be just that, jokes, but as I spend more time studying social media and our relationship with it, the more I realize that this is not a joke for many who truly experience a sense of derealization if they do not share experiences on social media and receive some kind of attention and feedback in the form of social media engagement.”

Healthy Churches Not Disciples, As The Goal

Why should church planting be the primary focus of missions? In this video from RMC21, Mark Dever walks through the biblical support for the primacy of the church as our missions focus. RADIUS MISSIOLOGY CONFERENCE 2022 is June 29-30, 2022 at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC. Kevin DeYoung, Alistair Begg, & others will be speaking. (Sponsored Link)

Social Media: A Downgrade of Culture

And, on a related note, “If high culture is like a gourmet meal, folk culture like a homecooked dinner, and pop culture is like junk food, what is social media?”

Vibrant Colors

“Decisions, decisions. In uncertain times too. These are grown up burdens common to life: the burying of loved ones, the management of a home, the raising of children–but they can quickly overwhelm us and mask themselves bigger than they really are.” What do we need to do or to consider if we are to thrive in such difficulties?

Farewell, Sweet Easter Lily

This is a sweet but sad one.

The Main Reason Your Ministry Matters

Here’s a word about why your ministry matters—whatever that ministry is.

Flashback: Rule #7: Fellowship with Godly People (8 Rules for Growing in Godliness)

An ember left alone will soon grow cold, but embers set close together will continue to glow, to burn brightly, and even to set others ablaze. Christians resemble embers, for we, too, must be set close together to thrive.

God’s way is sometimes different from man’s way, but it is always the best way.

—De Witt Talmage

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