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A La Carte (August 18)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

What many people regard as the best gospel tract has now been expanded out to a small book that Westminster Books has put on sale. It’s well worth a look.

Ten Criticisms of John Piper’s Preaching

John Piper shares ten criticisms of his own preaching. That’s a bit odd, I suppose, but I quite enjoyed it.

The time when Canada’s elite wanted to sterilize ‘insane’ and disabled people

Articles like this show why it’s so important to be attuned to history—it should warn us how “elites” can so easily buy into the absolute worst ideas. “In 1936 some of Canada’s most prominent citizens convened to hear how their country faced ‘extinction’ unless they were willing to sterilize the ‘feeble-minded,’ the ‘indigent’ and the ‘degenerate.’” It doesn’t take a lot of thought to consider how similar things are happening in our day.

Women and the Genderless Jesus — A Review of ‘Women and the Gender of God’ by Amy Peeler

Anne Kennedy has a really solid review of Women and the Gender of God. It’s the kind of review that is good to read, even if you don’t intend to read the actual book.

Songs for the Sojourn

Kenwood Baptist Church has just released an EP of some modern hymns.

The Backstory to Spurgeon’s “If Sinners Be Damned…”

“You’ve likely heard this popular quote from Spurgeon: ‘Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies; and if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay, and not madly to destroy themselves.’” Mike Leake provides the crucial context to this quote.

On the Crushing Guilt of Failing at Quiet Time

Kevin DeYoung: “I am not anti–quiet time or anti–daily devotions or anti–family worship. All of these disciplines serve God’s people well and have been around for a long time. What does not serve God’s people well is the unstated (and sometimes stated) assumption—put upon us by others or by ourselves—that Christianity is only for super-disciplined neatniks who get up before dawn, redeem every minute of the day, and have very organized sock drawers.”

Flashback: We Are Never Without Beauty

We are never without beauty in this world—never without displays of splendor. We are never without beauty because God’s divine fingerprints are impressed on all he has made.

Your hope as a parent is not found in your power, your wisdom, your character, your experience, or your success, but in this one thing alone: the presence of your Lord. The Creator, Savior, Almighty, Sovereign King is with you. Let your heart rest.

—Paul David Tripp

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    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…