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A La Carte (February 1)

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There are lots of Kindle deals to kick off the new month (including my book Do More Better).

Free from Christian Audio this month is my favorite recording of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Several other books by or about Bunyan are discounted.

Free from Logos this month is a volume in the excellent New Studies in Biblical Theology series. Spend another $5 (click and scroll down) and you can add two more volumes.

(Yesterday on the blog: Am I Judged for My Productivity in Sharing the Gospel?)

Walking in Wisdom toward Outsiders

“Christians often wrestle with how to balance grace and truth in our interaction with non-believers.” Indeed, we do. Here’s some guidance from Dennis Johnson.

The Husband of One Wife (Video)

Al Mohler answers questions about the elder qualification that states “he must be the husband of one wife.” (SBTS: Great job taking excerpts from Dr Mohler’s longer Ask Anything sessions; these are great!)

Enduring many trial and much suffering, the apostle Paul is known for his bold proclamation of the saving grace of Jesus until his death. Be encouraged to imitate his example of unwavering confidence in God’s sovereign grace with the 5-day devotional based on John Piper’s new book, Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons.

A Real Live Slippery Slope in Action for All to See

Stephen McAlpine writes about abortion: “All this has told us is that when the culture went over the end of the slope nearly five decades ago on this, the rope they rappelled with did not contain an ethical knot in the end of it to break their fall. Which leaves us with the question: Where does this thing bottom out?” (Meanwhile, David French says Yes, the Virginia Abortion Bill Is Just as Barbaric as You’ve Heard.) (Also, read about Ben Sasse’s proposed legislation to protect abortion survivors.)

To the Church on Valentine’s Day

I enjoyed Lisa LaGeorge’s helpful letter to the church on (or before, I guess) Valentine’s Day. “How should the church respond to the single in their midst? I ask this question not as a criticism, but rather as an encouragement to all members of the Body. I offer these suggestions to promote empathy and leadership for the encouragement and building up of the whole Church–single and married. I say this as a part of you, to promote you, because I love you.”

Moms, It Is Our Privilege

Kristen Wetherell wrote an article I was working on! “On hard days of mothering, it’s easy to see it purely as a type of suffering, rather than a blessed privilege. And it is a type of suffering. Motherhood is tough. It requires us to give up our plans in favor of what our kids need most. It demands our preferences for theirs. It’s strenuous on our bodies as we carry babies and hoist toddlers, and it tests our hearts as we soak up tears, discipline in love, and spend ourselves for little immediate return.”

Remarkable, Ordinary Churches

Writing for TGC Canada, Darryl Dash celebrates ordinary, faithful churches.

The Main Thing Is The Main Thing

In all the talk about mission strategy, it’s important to keep the main thing the main thing. “Everything else, all the discussions about strategy and such like are secondary to this simple reality. Mission is about bearing witness to Jesus; telling his story and pointing people to him. Everything else is just details.”

Flashback: Run! Run Away!

The Bible does not tell you to amble, meander, lope, or trot from your sin. It tells you to flee.

Ah, here is the great difference between the unregenerate and the regenerate: the one harden themselves in their sin, the other are broken before God on account of it.

—A.W. Pink

  • 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.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.