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A La Carte (April 3)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

Westminster Books has discounted a whole collection of their “new and notable” picks for April. The discounts include commentaries, theological works, along with books for adults and for kids.

Yes, the Kindle deals continue. What a joy to be able to so cost-effectively build a library!

All the Sunrises We Cannot See

This is a lovely reflection from Madelyn. “Maybe this Easter you couldn’t see the sunrise either. Maybe you were tempted to despair rather than praise. Maybe you sat in the pew with an armful of questions and left with no answers. Maybe you couldn’t sing without the knot forming in your throat and the tears threatening your eyes. Maybe you couldn’t make it to the pew at all.”

“I’m a Cultural Christian”, Says Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is now a self-professing cultural Christian. We didn’t see that one coming, did we? To be clear, there’s a world of difference between being a cultural Christian and being a true Christian. But still…

The Most Wonderful Sports Season of the Year

There are few better times of year than the beginning of a new baseball season (even when your team is as sad as the Blue Jays—who, as it happens, got no-hit on the day Casey posted this). “I’m aware that my opinion about baseball is not widely shared. I’ve lived in the Bluegrass State for two decades. Basketball reigns here, and I understand why. Basketball is a great sport. But basketball ain’t baseball and neither is football. Baseball stands alone atop the hierarchy of greatest sports every played under the sun. You’re free to disagree, but at least listen to my arguments.”

The Man Who Died in the Pulpit

John Piper discusses the impact of watching a man (literally) die in the pulpit. “So, we were all sitting there when, suddenly, he stopped for no apparent reason. There were a few seconds of silence. He turned to his left and just collapsed. It was not a gentle collapse, as I recall. He hit the floor like a log, and the sound was frightening. He didn’t crumple. You thought it was quiet before? Good night. Now it was breath-holding quiet as two thousand students trembled inside. ‘Oh no. What has just happened?’”

Let’s Talk About How Good God Is

Yes, let’s! “The longer I reflected, the larger the circle of God’s goodness grew. It’s good to exist. It’s good to be. Every breath we take testifies to the goodness of creation and the goodness of a Creator. And this fatherly benevolence flows to undeserving, often ungrateful creatures.”

Jesus Died to Save Us From Our Own Solutions

“Ever since Adam and Eve tried to solve their separation from God with the solution of running away from God and blaming each other, we’ve been reenacting the comic tragedy in every generation since. We turn to our own way to solve the problem we have made; but that just makes the mess worse.”

Flashback: We Are Very Anxious About Our Character

I came across a wonderful quote from F.B. Meyer that is at least parenthetically related. He counsels us on what to do when others attack our character and seek to harm our name. In short: wait on the Lord.

The Lord’s “quickly” may not be my “quickly”; and if so, let him do what seemeth him good.

—Charles Spurgeon

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    A La Carte (April 3)

    A La Carte: All the sunrises we cannot see / Richard Dawkins says he’s a cultural Christian / The most wonderful sports season of the year / John Piper on the man who died in the pulpit / Let’s talk about how good God is / Jesus died to save us from our own solutions…

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    A La Carte (April 2)

    A La Carte: Social media poisoning / What about the abused spouse’s sin? / Truth in the age of deception / How can the church serve families touched by autism? / In a scrolling world / Kindle and Logos deals / and more.

  • The Greatest Display of Strength

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers, publisher of Overflowing Mercies by Craig Allen Cooper. In the book, Craig opens readers to the beautiful, merciful heart of our triune God. In a culture that is short on compassion, maybe that’s difficult to imagine. There’s not nearly enough patience or tenderness in the world. Maybe…

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    Why Do You Do What You Do (And Not Something Else)?

    One of my favorite questions for times of small talk is “Why do you do what you do instead of doing something else?” Or sometimes a variation: “Why do you love what you do?” I ask this when I’m in the barber’s chair, on the x-ray table, or trying to articulate words as the dentist…

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    A La Carte (April 1)

    A La Carte: How do I forget my sinful past? / The left is colonizing the calendar / Longing for more / Love before you lead / Hope when we sin by not doing anything / The warrior bride of the NAR / Kindle deals / and more.

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    Have You Become an Amateur Astronomer?

    Sam Storms once said that each human being is under a mandate to become an amateur astronomer. Every Christian is to look to the heavens to see what God has created and to learn the lessons he means for us to learn. And just as we must look up to the skies, we must also…