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A La Carte (August 28)

monday

Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

I am waiting for Crossway to come back with more of their weekly batches of Kindle deals. Crossway, let’s have them! In the meantime, I tracked down some other good books.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Love New Zealand (10 Reflections))

Greet with a Holy Kiss? Applying an Uncomfortable Command

David Mathis looks at one of the more uncomfortable commands in the Bible and helps us apply it to today’s church.

On Fearing the One for Whom You Live

“There is something striking to me about the idea of fearing the one for whom I live.” That is, indeed, an interesting thought.

Grief and Our God

“Counseling often looks like shining light into the darkness of someone’s life. Helping them see Jesus more clearly, tracing the outlines of his face when the dark shadows of sin and suffering and death have left it unrecognizable. How do we reconcile the deep darkness of this life with the promised kindness of God?”

Living Wills

Andrew Kerr offers some of his thoughts on living wills—something I suppose Christians ought to be thinking about.

The judgement of getting what we want

“I have long been of the view that one way the Lord gives people over to sin in the church is to give them what they want.” Stephen considers the way God sometimes gives us exactly what we want, even when it will harm us or lead us away.

The Christian’s Responsibility to Pray for Rulers

Blake helps us actually pray for our rulers as the Bible commands us to.

Flashback: Nurture Your Children

Through disciplining and instructing your children, you are helping them understand the sinful motivations of their heart and their failure to trust God. You are leading them away from a destructive path and toward knowing, trusting, and obeying the perfect, heavenly Father.

God will not protect you from anything that will make you more like Jesus.

—Elisabeth Elliot

  • 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)

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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…