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A La Carte (February 18)


Today’s Kindle deals include a few solid titles from Crossway.

This is going to be an “A La Carte only” week at the blog. I finished up the first draft of a book last week and am in a lot of pain from doing so (context). So I’m going to mostly stop typing for the week and hope it helps. I’ve also got an appointment with a specialist this week (that, coincidentally, was booked months ago) and hope to get some better answers about what’s going on.

Love in Africa: It Costs You Something

What a fascinating article! “I believe that Africans tend to intuit something that we do not: love always costs you something. Interestingly, I believe that it is not the Bible that has led to such a culture. My immediate neighbors are still almost completely untouched by the Bible. Instead, it seems to me that this culture has arisen due to poverty.”

All the Hell You Shall Ever Have

“All the miseries that believers are called by God to endure in this life are the only hell that they will ever endure because of the saving work of Jesus in his death and resurrection. This is one of the most comforting and soul strengthening thoughts upon which a believer may set his heart or mind in this life. The Lord may severely afflict, Satan may relentlessly attack, believers may incessantly hurt, the world may violently persecute, but it will all ultimately come to an end when the believer dies or when Christ comes again in glory.”

Instructive Worship

Andrew Roycroft has been doing some fantastic writing lately. “Congregational singing is a major means of grace and growth for the soul of the Christian, it is a distinctive discipline of God’s people to pour out their hearts and lift their voices together in common worship of the One who has loved and redeemed them. Singing together is the activity of Christians who wish to serve one another, who are willing to struggle together all the way to glory, who intuitively understand the power of song to lift our souls, strengthen our hands, and enlarge our hearts.”

Have you ever wondered what life was like for the Puritans who sailed to the New World? On April 26–May 3, join Ligonier Teaching Fellows Steven Lawson and Stephen Nichols as they travel from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., on the American Foundations Study Tour. From the bucolic grounds of Mount Vernon to the tree-lined streets of Princeton, you’ll get a firsthand look at the homes, churches, and institutions that shaped the early republic. Among the many sites, you’ll enjoy a tour of the newly opened Museum of the Bible. Reserve your spot today.

Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and Only You Had Ever Heard of Jesus

It’s a fun thought experiment. “Imagine walking up tomorrow morning and being the only person who had heard of Jesus. What would you do? Yes, yes, apart from the fact you would wake up in a world that would be a cold, dark, pagan place ruled by the prince of the power of the air, what strategy would you have?”

Community is a Costly Business

Here’s a lesson from Francis Schaeffer. “Community is a costly business, but someone must pay the cost. Why not you? Why not me? If we want to make a big impact on our world, why not get in the risky business of building community? Why not take the gospel seriously enough to let it impact the way we relate to one another? Why not reach out to reconcile? Why not open up your home to welcome? Why not rearrange your schedule to be free for those who need friendships?”

What Do We Need To Do To Progress In Our Preaching?

Preachers may benefit from this one (though perhaps wait until after Monday). “Most people think that preachers love the sound of their own voices, but actually they don’t. Many of us hate listening to ourselves, and we are our own harshest critics. However, I suspect we will only improve if we are ruthlessly honest about the way that we are heard by others.”

How Dismissing the Doctrine of Hell Leads Us to Hate Our Neighbors

Joe Carter looks at a recent story and offers some interpretation. “A significant portion of practicing Christians reject evangelism. Could it be because they also reject the doctrine of hell?”

David French lecture on Intersectionality

Denny Burk has some notes on David French’s recent lecture at SBTS on the subject of intersectionality (as well as some other related resources). It’s a very helpful lecture, and I’m hoping they get the next two up quickly!

Flashback: To Speak Words that Bring Life

It is the Christian’s great honor and privilege—to speak words that bring life, to speak words that come from the giver of life. Who needs to hear God’s words through you today?

Calvinism might kill unbiblical, manipulative evangelistic methodologies, but it does not kill missions and evangelism.

—Jim Orrick

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    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.