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A La Carte (April 22)


Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Crossway–among them, titles by Kevin DeYoung and D.A. Carson.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped One Day in April)

Christianity and Critical Theory

Neil Shenvi has what I consider a really helpful series of articles on Christianity and critical theory. While he is opposed to it, he tries to really listen to those who hold to it. The little series is well worth reading (or watching).

Pastoral Concern about Evangelical Prophecy

Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley explain some of their concerns with evangelical prophecy. “Christ is real to the believer, and his Spirit is our indwelling divine companion. However, we also must not fall into experientialism, ascribing divine authority over our faith and obedience to spiritual experiences. The belief that God continues to grant special revelation through personal experience fosters unhealthy experientialism.”

Easter Bombings Kill 200 in Sri Lanka

Be in prayer for Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Christians. “The joy of Easter quickly turned into terror and grief for Christians in Sri Lanka this morning, where bombers conducted coordinated attacks on at least three churches and three high-end hotels, killing more than 200 people.”

Since the days of the early church, Christians have struggled to understand the relationship between two seemingly contradictory concepts in the Bible: law and gospel. Is the law merely an ancient relic from Old Testament Israel to be discarded? Or is it still valuable for Christians today? In The Whole Christ, Sinclair Ferguson helps modern Christians walk the line between legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other by looking to a 300-year-old controversy to shed valuable light on the law, the gospel, and sanctification.

Do You Earn Enough to Afford a House in the Largest U.S. Metros?

It’s amazing how much prices for roughly the same thing can vary from place to place.

Understanding Facebook’s Algorithm Could Change How You See Yourself

This goes well with what I wrote last week about the many algorithms that govern our use of social media. “A degree of skepticism might be the best way to avoid ceding control over our identities. Ultimately, we need to remind ourselves that the platforms analyzing our online behavior are only interested in aspects of ourselves that they can monetize. We should treat their depictions of us with the same wariness and suspicion we’d offer any human salesperson aiming to manipulate us.”

When Does the Lord Bless Us?

Stephen Kneale reflects on the times we experience the Lord’s blessings and what significance there is in the timing of it.

Small Beginnings: J. C. Ryle in Exbury

I enjoyed this mini biography of the beginnings of J.C. Ryle’s public ministry.

Flashback: The Birds, The Bees, The Awe, The Wonder

“The talk” is a time to help your children marvel at God’s good design and to see the evidence of his handiwork behind it. Your task is not just to convey the necessary facts, but to convey the appropriate wonder. Your task is to say, “Look what God has done! Look what God has made!”

Great grace and small gifts are better than great gifts and no grace.

—John Bunyan

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