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A La Carte (April 5)

Westminster Books has a good deal on two new books that are worth reading: How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament and How to Understand and Apply the New Testament.

Why Our Churches Need More Gray Hair

“Churches desperately need their older men to exemplify being sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Churches need an army of laymen who believe well, love well, and suffer well. And churches need them because these older men are the pace-setters for the rest of the church.”

Filthy Rags

Here’s encouragement for pastors and for all of us: God does not view your labors as “filthy rags.”

For the Christian Perfectionist

“The Christian perfectionist knows and treasures the Gospel, but still wrestles with deep discouragement and even despair. Here are some words of encouragement for those of us who struggle with never being good enough.”

The Unlikely Saint

“Most of us have heard a rumor about them. They’re legendary. Who, you may ask? Those spiritual discipline ‘legends.’ I met one once. At McDonald’s, a man told me he has read the Bible every year for 40 something years. Maybe you have met one too.”

How to Redesign an Airline

I read a few design blogs, and especially enjoyed this article on the redesign for Air Canada. But maybe my enjoyment is mostly because I spend so much time aboard their planes.

Keeping the “Para” in Parachurch Ministries

Eric Davis shows what parachurch ministries are meant to be according to the definition of the term, then explains how they can go wrong.

Writing Worship Music with AI – Recurrent Neural Networks

This is kind of a fun experiment, but it may also point to a future where a lot more things (articles, books, even songs) are written by AI. It may sound sci-fi but don’t be surprised when it begins to happen.

Flashback: Shades of Love

I love Cheetos but I love them in a different way than I love my children. I love my children but my love for them is very different than the love I have for my wife. We do not know all that love is from any single experience or any single relationship. Rather, it is experienced in many forms and displayed in many hues.

Our preaching is not the reason the Word works. The Word is the reason our preaching works.

—H.B. Charles Jr.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.