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A La Carte (August 26)


Today’s Kindle deals include a volume of the God’s Word for You series, which make for excellent devotionals.

Woke Repentance

Here’s Carl Trueman: “The Reformers outlined several marks of the church: the preaching of the Word, the administration of the sacraments, and, at times, godly discipline or biblical worship. Today, they would need to add another: constant apologizing to the world.”

A Bible for the Conspiracy Theory Generation

Sometimes a new Bible translation can raise concerns, not just because of the actual translation, but because of its translation philosophy.

Matthias Media’s Latest ‘Project’

Learn, pray, and work together to become God’s big-hearted people through Tony Payne’s The Generosity Project. Small groups, churches, or a few friends can use the book, free online videos, and the free leader’s guide to engage with the Bible, hear from leading pastors and teachers, and live a life driven by God’s powerful, salvific, generous Son. Add this six-session course to your curriculum and get started! (Sponsored Link)

Not Enough Atoms in the Universe to Model Your Brain

The brain is a wonder.

Will Your Life Count When You’re Gone? A Plea for Spiritual Fathers

Greg Morse: “Men of God, we are engaged in a multigenerational war for the glory of Christ. Unless our Lord returns first, our sons will have a battle to fight long after we are gone. Should we show so little interest to train them? Let the story of Judah’s greatest king, Hezekiah, warn us from doing many valiant deeds for the Lord and yet, in the end, failing the future men who need us.”

Honoring Those We Disagree With

“In our current cultural moment of vitriolic debate and amplified voices in ubiquity, this counter-cultural command from a long-gone apostle pierces through the noise, resounding in a collective pause and an instant response: Honor everyone? Are you sure, Peter? Yes, everyone.”

No, Nicaea Didn’t Create the Canon

John Meade addresses a common (and often deliberate) misunderstanding. “Ideas have consequences. One idea that has yielded dangerous consequences is the notion that the Council of Nicaea (AD 325), under the authority of Roman emperor Constantine, established the Christian biblical canon.”

The Joy Of Church Membership

It’s good to sometimes reflect on the joys and benefits of church membership.

Flashback: Not In Part But the Whole

Have you ever considered your life, your death, and your eternity if you had to face God with your sins only partially forgiven? Can you imagine singing, “My sin, not the whole but in part”?

We think of prayer as a preparation for work, or a calm after having done work, whereas prayer is the essential work.

—Oswald Chambers

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.