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A La Carte (August 10)

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The One Role for a Woman in Church

Melissa writes to herself and other women in this excellent article: “What if, instead of obsessing over our place in the church, we simply set out to humble ourselves as much as possible? What if, dear sisters in our Lord Jesus, we opened clenched fists and opened our arms to those who need us, ministering in the beautiful, glorious ways that God has gifted us to minister?”

A Death in Yellowstone

This is a long and interesting look at what happens after a grizzly bear attacks a human in Yellowstone National Park.

More Than Sovereign

Adam McClendon writes about the difference between believing only in God’s sovereignty and believing in both his sovereignty and his goodness. It’s all the difference in the world.

This day in 1886: Joseph M. Scriven, author of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” died by drowning. Because of his history of grief and depression, many of his friends suspect he took his own life. (I especially enjoy Alan Jackson’s rendition of the hymn.)

Why You Get Carsick

Why do some people get carsick while others don’t? This article goes looking for answers. “Some people seemingly start to feel sick the instant they sit down in the passenger seat. If you’re one of them, a winding road, a fast-accelerating driver, or being in the back seat is enough to make you utterly nauseated.”

Where Do We Go From Ferguson?

It has been one year since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown. Writing for the Reformed African American Network, Jarvis Williams says ” it is good and right to ponder again the current state of race relations a year after the shooting and death of Brown.”

Don’t Know What a Fetus Is?

Justin Taylor quotes philosopher Peter Kreeft who argues that “either we do or do not know what a fetus is.” There really are not too many valid options.


Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

—Phillips Brooks

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 9)

    A La Carte: A prayer for my children’s walk with Christ / What really happened and Nicea / The secular creed / The Bible is not boring / It’s okay to fail / How can I read my Bible correctly? / Kindle deals / and more.