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A La Carte (April 21)

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Grace and peace to you today!

When Martyn Lloyd-Jones Confronted a Pastor Who Loved Controversy and Denunciation

This is an interesting description of a key meeting between Martyn Lloyd-Jones and T.T. Shields.

Beware the Deadly Weed of Cynicism

Darryl Dash: “When I was in my thirties, I became cynical. I think it began with reading some books that were critical of church. I’m not sure. Soon I became a critic of the church while leading a church. I called it subversive back then; I think I’d call it disingenous now.”

Why Circumcision?

Barry York offers a biological yet also biblical definition of circumcision, then considers “three chief reasons why God Himself chose this crass act to represent beautiful truths of the gospel.”

God Detests the Worship of the Wicked

We may have sympathy for those who worship falsely. But, as Jordan Standridge points out here, God detests false worship. “The fact of the matter is that God from the creation of the world, rejects people’s worship. Even when they use the right words and do the right things. God looks at the heart.”

Beauty of Timing

“On a drive. After rain. Mist and fog still hang in the air. Limiting the view ahead. But our eyes glance to the sides of the road. And we see. The beauty of timing.”

Themelios 46.1

There is a new issue of Themelios available for those who are interested in doing some reading.

How Do I Know If I Am Called To The Ministry? (Video)

This question is very common, so here’s another take on it, this one from Dr. Mike Allen at RTS.

Flashback: One Very Good Reason to Study Church History

When you became a Christian, the history of Christianity became yours. You became a citizen of Christ’s kingdom and gained its past in all its glory and shame.

Do not let us think of prayer as the coaxing or the conquering of a reluctant friend, but rather as the confident appeal to One who is always wise, and always willing to give us what is best for us.

—Theodore Cuyler

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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