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A La Carte (August 1)


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Do the Gospels Borrow from Pagan Myths?

This is a very common charge against the Bible. But is it based on reality? “Why should anyone see Jesus as being distinct from the pagan gods? Could it be that the New Testament stories of Jesus represent the fictive myth of an ancient mystery cult that’s survived for 2,000 years? Or is there something different about the accounts of Jesus’s time on earth?”

How a Boeing 737 Was Stolen (And Never Found) (Video)

How do you steal a jet and get away with it? Like this, I guess…

The Piper and The Meyer – An Epic Ballad

I guess this would be labeled a work of love and affection!

On Becoming Presbyterian

I remain fully committed to baptist theology. Yet I still enjoyed reading this brother’s long and deliberate journey to Presbyterian convictions.

Why Do People Say “Jesus H. Christ?”

Obviously you should never say “Jesus H. Christ” since it blasphemously misuses the Lord’s name. But it is still interesting to know where the rather odd exclamation came from. “Eventually, the phrase ‘Jesus H. Christ’ became something of a joke and it began to be used as a mild expletive. In his autobiography, the American author Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens; lived 1835–1910) observed that the phrase was already in common use when he was still a young lad.”

How Can I Forgive My Parents for Childhood Abuse?

John Piper answers a very difficult question.

Three Cautions and Encouragements for Dads

Here’s one for the fathers.

Flashback; What Is the Bible, Anyway?

The Bible guides us to its purpose and power through the many metaphors it uses to describe itself. Here is a pretty good collection of them.

Wherever the Holy Spirit dwells, His presence creates a hunger for holiness.

—Donald Whitney

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…