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A La Carte (February 16)


Today’s Kindle deals include not a whole lot that’s new. Over at Westminster Books you’ll find some good deals on books by David Powlison and others.

(Yesterday on the blog: What’s Wrong with Christian Dating Part 2)

Five Words of Hope in the Midst of Horrific Pain

Denny Burk: “When horrific evil unfolds before our very eyes, there is a temptation to lose sight of the verities that ought to sustain and comfort us. For those watching the aftermath of the unmitigated evil of yesterday’s shooting in Florida, here are some words of hope to cling to. Hold them close.”

Ministries Respond to Surge in Mass Shootings

On the same topic, Christianity Today writes about Christian ministries that now respond to tragedies like mass shootings. “This is the fifth deployment this year for the ministry’s rapid response team, trained to provide emotional and spiritual support amid crises.”

What Does It Mean To Be Adopted by God? (Video)

This short video provides some of the great benefits that are ours through our adoption by God.

J.K. Rowling’s Army of Liberals

It seems J.K. Rowling created an army of liberals, but now they are turning against her. “Rowling has created many armies in her fiction. In Harry Potter, giants, spiders, werewolves, wizards, and mermaids are all prepared to fight for what they believe is right. But the largest army she has helped to create – a generation of millennials who grew up reading her books and have fiercely liberal values – is now out of her control.”

Confessing Sin in the Midst of Suffering

Wendy Alsup shares a difficult moment of spiritual awakening. “Oh, the arrow of conviction through my heart. The Spirit wasn’t whispering. He was shouting. Complaining destroys the soul. I’m not suffering because of my sin, but my sin certainly doesn’t help me endure in my suffering.”

History’s Biggest Food Fight

If you’re not too familiar with the differences between a Protestant and Catholic understanding of the Lord’s Supper, this will prove helpful. “Ultimately, then, the debate over transubstantiation is another battleground of the Reformation’s great war against the belief that Jesus works through the church outside of us, another place where we must contend for the Bible’s glorious teaching of Jesus at work within us.”

Toward Complementarian Clarity

Agreeing that this is going to be a key year in bringing clarity to the discussion about complementarianism, CBMW shares an article that includes a useful back and forth between two theologians.

Flashback: An Extraordinary Skill for Ordinary Christians

This is the extraordinary ministry for every ordinary Christian—bearing the burdens of others. What seems so mundane and so unspectacular, is actually bringing great glory and honor to God.

If this world has our heart, should we think that heaven is our home?

—Paul Washer

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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.