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A La Carte (February 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include just three books, but they are all by or about J.I. Packer. That means they are all worth checking out.

Who Is the Subject of Your Bible Study?

Jen Oshman has a good article directed to women. “If that Christian book on your nightstand or if your women’s bible study points you back to you, then may I please encourage you to put it down and give it some thought?”

Marital Love Must Be Sexual

I’ve enjoyed Joel Beeke’s series on the Puritans and their views on marriage, love, and romance. He concludes with an article on their decidedly non-Puritanical views of sex in marriage.

Hawaii’s Lava Fire Hose (Video)

This is amazing: A lava fire hose.

An Intro to the Institutes

Derek Thomas’s introduction to Calvin’s Institutes will make you want to read them. Or read them again. “What is it about Calvin that so inspires me? This: his disciplined style, his determination never to speculate, his utter submission to Bible words as God’s words, his submission to Christ’s Lordship, his sense of the holy, his concern to be as practical as possible; the fact that godly living was his aim and not theology for the sake of it. In a forest of theologians, Calvin stands like a Californian Redwood, towering over everyone else.”

Why is the Passenger Seat Called “Shotgun”?

Rather satisfyingly, it has something to do with the Wild, Wild West.

The Antidote to Evolution

I love this! “God in His most glorious, wonderful, sovereign, holy wisdom, determined that His own ‘creative genius’ would best be beheld by the creature, if the actual works of the world, were structured in this way. This was more than skeletal framework but also sumptuous fulness – six whole days, structured beautifully and logically, that both the most eminent scholar and wide-eyed infant, might grasp something of the glory of the Most Wise God who made it all, by the Word of His power.”

To Libya and Back

This was an informative account of a Stealth Bomber’s long sortie to Libya to lay waste to an ISIS camp.

The Execution of Lady Jane Grey

Justin Taylor has a wonderful account of a tragedy—the execution of Lady Jane Grey.

Flashback: 10 Articles on Pornography

For some time pornography was a prominent theme on this site. Here are ten of the articles I wrote about it.

Grumbling is the most serious sin, a capital crime, a primal offense against the God whose universe this is.

—David Powlison

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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…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…