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A La Carte (August 31)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little list of titles that may be of some interest.

Where Are We Supposed To Go?

This is a very powerful collection of photos and videos showing the devastation in Houston.

Yes, Leading Others to Sin Brings Greater Punishment

Thomas Schreiner addresses a serious issue. “Is there a greater punishment for someone who encourages and leads others to sin? Answering a question like this is tricky since it depends on what we mean by “worse.” Worse in what way? If we commit sin and don’t repent, we will suffer the second death, the lake of fire. If we cause others to sin and we don’t repent, we will suffer the second death, the lake of fire.”

Why Is Paying for Yourself Called “Going Dutch?” (Video)

I was hoping I’d be able to tease my Dutch friends with this video, but it turns out they are blameless here.

200-Word Biographies

From the Cripplegate blog: “On Thursdays over the next two months we will run short biographies of eight key reformers. If you would like to reprint these in your church bulletin to help people in your congregation become familiar with these individuals as a lead in for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, go for it–no need to attribute it back to us; if you find them useful, then by all means use them. Today: John Wycliffe.”

More about The Nashville Statement

Yesterday I linked to The Nashville Statement. Here’s an update from Denny Burk as he responds to some of the controversy that has ensued. (Also, Al Mohler dedicated almost an entire episode of The Briefing to it.)

Should You Call a Transgender Person “Him” or “Her”?

“Christians disagree—hopefully charitably—about pronoun usage, but here is some helpful advice from Andrew Walker, author of God and The Transgender Debate.”

After Eden

I know nothing about this show, but was interested in reading this assessment of it.

Flashback: War, Women, and Wealth

Food, money, sex, ministry, authority—all of these can be used for such good, yet we consistently find they are attended by such difficulties. That is life in this sinful world, a world in which we turn blessings into curses, gifts into temptations.

A billion years or so into eternity, how many toys we accumulated during this life will not seem too terribly important.

—D.A. Carson

  • 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…