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A La Carte (August 11)

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Good morning. May the Lord bless and keep you today.

Westminster Books has a deal this week on a new Bible story book for children.

There are just a few Kindle deals to look at today.

How Could Jonathan Edwards Own Slaves?

In this article, John Piper wrestles through the fact that his hero, Jonathan Edwards, owned slaves.

Is It Complicated Or Is It Difficult?

“When we have a problem, we moderns tend to look for something to fix it with. Can we buy a gadget, download an app, or find a technique to fix our problem? Rather, the old wisdom was that we should change ourselves. Instead of trying to conform the world to ourselves, we should see how we can develop ourselves into the sort of person who can deal with these situations.”

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Themelios 46.2

Those interested in some deep theological reading may want to look at the new issue of Themelios which is there for the taking.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaphysical Machinations

This article from The American Conservative has some interesting (and concerning) thoughts about Facebook and the metaverse. “The average person now spends a large part of their life living on the internet. However, once the metaverse arrives, users will live out their lives in the internet. Yes, in it.”

I Need You to Read Your Bible

Glenna Marshall explains why we need to read our Bibles not just for ourselves but for the people we love.

Not So Brave

“People look at where you’ve been. Or where you’re headed. Noticing which trials have whipped or trudged through your life. And then decide you’ve got unusual fortitude. Courage. Perseverance to endure. ‘You’re so brave. I could never do that.’ I’m not so brave.”

Flashback: The New/Old Way Our Culture Pressures Us To Conform

Through the cross Jesus Christ took our guilt to give us innocence, he bore our shame to give us honor, he overcame Satan to take away our fear and give us power.

It is better to mourn for sin than for its consequences.

—F.B. Meyer

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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…