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A La Carte (April 21)


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

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TWR)

    This giveaway is sponsored by TWR, also known as Trans World Radio, whose mission is to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. TWR is looking for engineering, IT, maintenance and finance specialists to help us tell the story to God’s glory. Explore these and other opportunities here. …