A La Carte (December 9)

Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Become a Patron

Westminster Books has a sale on the fledgling EBTC commentary series which has gotten off to a very strong start with volumes by James Hamilton, Thomas Schreiner, Andreas Köstenberger, and others. It’s great to begin collecting a series when it has only just begun!

(Yesterday on the blog: The Legend of the Battle-Weary Crusader)

My Christmas Gift Bought with a Child’s Heart

I love this one. “Suddenly shy, my six-year-old hesitated, a worried brow replaced his eagerness. His eyes lost some of their shiny dance. Grasped between small hands of offering, he stretched it toward me, then sat back on his haunches. Behind him, lights from the tree twinkled, a kaleidoscope halo of color. His eyes never left mine, and I recognized how desperately he desired to please me with his present. I saw bare longing in his wide broody dark blue eyes. I felt their desire.”

God’s Plan When Our Plans Fail

I think you’ll enjoy reading some thoughts from John Piper on how God’s plan proceeds even when our plans fail.

“Millions are Dying Without Christ”: Thinking Through a Popular But Insufficient Reason to Move Overseas

“There’s much to love about this impulse. … And yet, I try to remind my Christian friend that this fact by itself isn’t a sufficient motivation for someone to enter cross-cultural ministry. For at least two reasons.”

Finding a Church That Suits Our Every Need and Desire Is Not the Ultimate Purpose of Church

Benjamin Watson says, rightly, that “finding a church that suits my every need and desire is NOT the ultimate purpose of attending church. The primary purpose of church is gathering together in song, prayer, proclamation, and admonition to worship the Lord. Church is about Him, not me.”

A Great Way To Make Friends

Yes, it really can be this simple.

Comfort for Christian Parents of Unconverted Children

Jim Elliff: “All Christian parents wish that God would show us something to do to secure our child’s salvation, and then ‘we’ll do it with all our might’ because we love our child so much. Yet, God has not made salvation the effect of somebody else’s faith; our son or daughter must come to Christ on his or her own.”

Flashback: Momentary Obedience, Forever Honor

How do we show honor to our parents, especially when we are adults?

There are some of us old-fashioned Christians, who still believe that a loving God creates dark nights as well as bright noon-days; that he not only permits trouble, but sometimes sends troubles on his own children for their spiritual profit. —Theodore Cuyler