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A La Carte (August 11)


May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

Blessed Are the Meek

Ken Jones has a short but helpful exposition of “blessed are the meek.”

Queering a Tudor Warship

Sometimes the world is almost too bizarre to believe. Carl Trueman highlights an example here.

Maintenance Workers Make Great Missionaries

You may think that a career in missions means you would need to serve as a church planter or evangelist. This couldn’t be further from the truth. (Sponsored Link)

Politics, the Church, and Getting Our Story Straight

Kevin DeYoung: “In the last several years, we have seen a resurgence of interest among Christians in political theology. On the whole, I believe this has been a good thing intellectually. I’m less certain this has been a good thing ecclesiastically.”

Give Members Permission to Leave Your Church

As Juan Sanchez shows here, it’s important to give church members permission to leave your church.

How Dangerous was Non-Conformity under Rome?

“As I stress to undergraduates, when we look at the Roman system, we need to jettison many unhelpful modern notions of state and empire from closer to our own time. Rome was not a proto-fascist or proto-Stalinist system; there was not a centurion on every street corner in Jesus’ Galilee; there was no strict ideological party line expected of its subjects, no corresponding ‘crimethink’ inviting state violence.”

The Basics: The Cross of Jesus Christ

Kim Riddelbarger continues his “The Basics” series with a look at the cross of Christ.

Flashback: The Great Stores of God’s Provision

As we look back on the race we ran…we will see that the God who called us to the race provided all we needed in the race. We will know that we never truly ran alone.

When men do not mark his works of mercy and bounty, the Lord will show unto them works of justice, that is, terrible works.

—David Dixon

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    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

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