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A La Carte (April 7)


Good morning from northern Cambodia. However you plan to spend your Good Friday, may it be a day of many blessings.

I’m doing my best to keep up with Kindle deals even on an internet connection that’s substantially slower than I am accustomed to!

The Crucifixion Stories Are Embarrassing, and That’s a Good Thing

This explains why the embarrassing nature of some of the stories around Jesus’ crucifixion are actually a good thing for Christianity.

Is It Worth It?

“Here’s a question that’s important for us Christians to answer regularly: Is it worth fighting a battle that you’re not winning and may not win? Let’s imagine the different arcs of life where this question may apply.”

What Are Legalism and Antinomianism?

These terms are used a lot and it’s important to know what they actually mean (and don’t mean).

What Does It Really Mean to Be Like Jesus?

Chris Hutchison: “Christians know that being like Jesus is a good idea. We’ve probably all heard someone express a desire, or encourage others, to ‘be Christ-like.’ But what do we mean by that?”

So That They May Be Saved

“If your neighbor ends up going to heaven, what will be the cause?” It is good to think about this from time to time.

Speaking Truth to Fear from Covenant Presbyterian in Nashville

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra reports from Nashville in the aftermath of the great tragedy there.

Flashback: The Best Tool for the Job

He could plow the field himself, or he could use a donkey—both of these would be economical options. But by investing in the ox, he will soon see abundance. Why? Because the ox is the best tool for the job. The ox is the wisest investment.

The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like Jesus’ teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.

—Tim Keller

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • 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…

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    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.