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A La Carte (December 5)


Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of deals, though we shouldn’t complain after the bounty we’ve seen in the past week!

(Yesterday on the blog: Desiring the Approval of Others)

Don’t Downplay Your Suffering

“One of the biggest mistakes believers can make when facing a tragedy is to minimize it. I think so many of us do it because we are lacking a robust theology of suffering. So, our first reaction to a tragedy is to try and explain it away. ‘Hey, it could be worse!’ ‘Everything will be okay.’ ‘This is just a season.’ Like a doctor slapping a smiley face sticker over a cancerous tumor, all some Christians know to do in the face of true calamity is to pave it over with platitudes.”

Routine Bible Reading Can Change Your Life

“Why do so many Christians start with a strong commitment and yet lose their way when reading the Bible?” Trevin Wax discusses how reading the Bible through the year can change your life.

Children Abusing Children

This is horrifying. “Children’s Mercy says they’re seeing a disturbing trend in child sexual assault cases. Children are abusing children.” The main reason? Pornography.

Is the Old Testament Still Relevant Today? (Video)

Michael Kruger answers this very important question in a short video.

The December Issue of Themelios

A new issue of Themelios is available for free. It has 203 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews.

Why it is Best for Christians to Celebrate Christmas

Stephen Kneale interacts a bit with my article from Monday. “We can charitably and graciously permit others to reach whatever conclusions they may about Christmas – without dismissing them as lesser Christians – whilst still advancing the case that, in our view, it is best to celebrate or not celebrate (as is your particular position).”

Will Christians Who Have Been Forgiven Answer for Their Sins in Judgment?

To be a Christian is to be forgiven. But will we still have to answer for our sins? Sinclair Ferguson answers at a recent Ligonier event.

Flashback: Sweet Promises of Blessing, Terrible Threats of Judgment

How do we, as adults, show honor to our parents? What are our continuing obligations? What about parents who are difficult, absent, abusive, or even dead? What are the limitations on this commandment?

We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there’s nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all.

—Oswald Chambers

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.