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A La Carte (April 21)


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Paul Remembered Mary

“Paul remembered Mary and how hard she worked. In Romans 16:6, Paul requested that a particular Mary would be recognized for her service. Paul had remembered her diligent work for the glory of God. It apparently made an impression on him.”

This Is About That (Video)

What a great little video explaining a biblical perspective on marriage.

Defining Doctors Down

“The doctor’s role is increasingly that of a highly trained ‘service provider,’ whose job is to provide the patient with data to make informed choices and then perform all requested procedures. In this deprofessionalized milieu, many within the medical and bioethics intelligentsia argue that a doctor’s moral judgment—’medical conscience,’ as it is sometimes known—has no place at the bedside.”

Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as Extremists

This is very interesting news from Russia. It strikes me that we ought to pray, but that I’m not exactly sure how to pray! I suppose “thy will be done” is never wrong.

Hipster Church

This article on a “hipster church” was featured in Toronto Life magazine. I found it fascinating (and disheartening) to read people’s explanations as to why they attend this church.

What the NY Times Gets Wrong about Complementarianism

The New York Times ran an article about complementarianism and, not surprisingly, they butchered it.


Luther is a new film about the life of the great Reformer. It’s very well done.

Do Paul and James Disagree on Justification by Faith Alone?

You know they don’t, but it’s good to be reminded how and why we know this.

Flashback: A Cost Of All This Preaching?

So here’s the question: Do you commit yourself to the public reading of Scripture? Do you read it in your church, even if you cannot explain it at the time? Do you read it in your home, with your family, even if you do not have a lot of opportunity to explain and apply it?

The best evidence of the Bible’s being the word of God is to be found between its covers. It proves itself.

—Charles Hodge

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…