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A La Carte (April 22)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include several excellent titles like Andrew Wilson’s Remaking the World, Sinclair Ferguson’s The Whole Christ, and the updated edition of Kent Hughes’ Disciplines of a Godly Man.

(Yesterday on the blog: It Begins and Ends with Speaking)

Why My Shepherd Carries a Rod

David Gibson explains why his shepherd, who I trust is also your shepherd, carries a rod. There’s comfort in the metaphor!

When Mandisa Forgave Simon Cowell

I am not really familiar with the Christian musician Mandisa (who recently passed away), but this tribute focuses on a moment of forgiveness.

An Open Mind is Like an Open Mouth

“I hear people speak of having an open mind like it is inherently virtuous to have it perpetually open. But what is the point of an open mind if it never closes on truth?” It’s a valid question, that.

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Marriage: The Half Time Report

Stephen McAlpine writes a kind of “half-time report” on marriage. The occasion is that he has now spent exactly half of his life as a married man. “I am 56 years of age. Single for 28 years. Married to Jill for 28 years.” There are some helpful reflections here.

Fire and Flour at 02:00

Here’s one of those “someone must have been praying” moments we all have now and again in life! “Someone must have been praying for us. It was 2 am and I was strangely and suddenly wide awake. The house was silent and cold, so I rolled over to go back to sleep.”

The Church Should Mind Its Spiritual Business

“The task of the church as such is not to transform the world at large or any society in it. The task of the church is to transform lives: to proclaim the gospel as the person and work of Christ applied by the power of the Holy Spirit in the means of grace so that men and women come to Christ by faith and are justified, adopted, and sanctified—all a gift of God’s grace. Such changed lives typically affect the lives of others in the various societies in which the saints find themselves.”

Flashback: We Are All Theologians

…we can’t truly know God as he is or live for God as he desires as long as we reject or downplay theology.

Your kids will pick up your walk more than your talk. They will follow the example of a lifetime more than the exhortation you give them when you drop them off at college. Are your kids growing up with the habit of regular church attendance?

—Kevin DeYoung

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    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…