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A La Carte (December 16)

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Dear Church: I Dare You to Trust Your Bible This Year

This is good stuff from a friend who loves (and trusts) his Bible. “I fear for you, that you have listened to so many voices that you no longer trust yourself to hear your Lord’s voice. That, from fear of ignorance, you have relied on experts to mediate God’s words to you. That, from fear of getting it wrong, you have become addicted to being told what to do. “

Joseph Did You Know?

“Why was it necessary for Jesus to have an earthly father if He didn’t need a biological father? Isn’t it conceivable that Mary could have, with the help of family members, raised Jesus without a husband? It was necessary for Joseph to be Jesus’ adopted father” for a number of reasons…

When Should I Leave My Church?

I receive so many questions from people wondering whether it is time to leave their churches. I appreciate Josh’s take on it.

When Babylon Withdraws To Lick Its Wounds

Lately I’ve been enjoying Stephen McAlpline’s reflections on culture. “What do we do when Babylon withdraws to lick its wounds? For that is indeed what we are experiencing – a temporary halt of the post-Christian/anti-Christian framework within the Western setting, as populist politics in 2016 sweeps the progressive agenda aside.”

This Day in 1714. 302 years ago today George Whitefield, a well-known revivalist and evangelist of the American Great Awakening, was born in Gloucester, England. *

How High Can You Count on Your Fingers? (Video)

This video goes from helpful to fun to absurd. But it’s still enjoyable.

Top 10 Theology Stories of 2016

Collin Hansen rounds up his top 10 theology stories of 2016. “Consider my list an admittedly foolhardy attempt—written from the vantage point of an American who subscribes to The Gospel Coalition’s confessional statement—to discern the most important theology stories of 2016. And consider it an opportunity to reflect on whether your media consumption habits prompt fear and loathing of your neighbor or faith and love from God.”

9 Things You Should Know About Aleppo and the Syrian Crisis

Once again, Joe Carter has a roundup to give us some context to the news.

Do More Better: The Course

I recently traveled to Orlando to record a video-based course on productivity. You can now take the course through Ligonier Connect. It includes video components, exercises, and the complete text of the book.

Flashback: You Don’t Need a Date Night

This is definitely one of the most controversial things I’ve written! “I don’t buy it. I don’t buy the necessity of it. I don’t think you need a date night. I don’t think your marriage will necessarily suffer without it.”

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To the unregenerate, God’s will is inevitably unpleasant, simply because it is his will and not their will

—Sinclair Ferguson

  • 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.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.