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A La Carte (February 2)

A La Carte Friday 2

A new month brings new deals from Logos. You’ll want to take a good look at their free and nearly-free books, of course. You can also get 20% off on Logos Silver or above with code STUDY20.

Westminster Books has a sale on the excellent Reformed Expository Bible Studies series which is ideal for personal or small group study.

Today’s Kindle deals include a good number of options.

When Your Spouse Won’t Join a Solid Church

Nick offers a really good answer to a question I have been asked on a number of occasions. “Among the many grievous situations in which a believer may find himself or herself, having a spouse who is either unbelieving or unwilling to join a biblical church can be one of the most burdensome.”

Throw-Away Culture is the Spirit of the Sexual Revolution, Too.

Samuel James doesn’t hold back in this column about the Alistair Begg controversy (and I’m glad for that!). “Begg is an unquestionably conservative, Reformed pastor with decades of faithfulness. That fact has not stopped some from talking as if he is now unworthy of being heard. This is a travesty; in fact, I submit that throwing away Begg’s reputation or platform is a worse travesty than what he said.”

The Gospel Gives Us Courage

“The gospel of Jesus Christ brings to us an abundance of gifts. When we believe, we have new life; we have the forgiveness of our sins; we are new people, made part of the body of Christ, the church. But the blessings of the gospel keep on coming, some of which we may not realize until months or years later. In particular, the gospel gives us courage.”

The Beautiful Burden of Caregiving

Katie Polski: “As I’ve watched friends face the inevitable challenges that accompany aging or ill parents, it’s become clear that my sentiment was not unique. But what I discovered amid the challenging journey, by the grace of God, is that the burdensome call of caregiving is also one that is profoundly and incomparably beautiful.”

At Work in His Word

“It is hard to relate to a God we cannot see, hear, or touch.  And while we know that the Bible is his glorious gift of communication to us, it can often feel distant and disconnected from our everyday lives.  How can we find motivation for a relationship with God that has the Bible at the centre?” Peter answers the question for anyone, but perhaps especially for those who are wavering in their Scripture-reading.

Do I Have a Hard Heart?

John Piper writes to those who are concerned they may have a hard heart. (It strikes me that people who are concerned they have a hard heart are almost certainly those who do not, similar to the way those who are concerned they’ve committed the unpardonable sin have not!)

Surrendering Our Rights for the Sake of the Gospel

Forrest McPhail writes about surrendering rights for the sake of the gospel and does so in one specific context.

Flashback: Our Hearts and Minds Turned Outward

Solomon asks, “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” But Facebook prompts every user at every moment, “What’s on your mind?” 

As a man first tuneth his instrument, and then playeth on it: so should the holy servant of God first labour to bring his spirit, heart, and affections into a solid and settled frame for worship, and then go to work.

—David Dickson

  • The Deconstruction of Christianity

    The Deconstruction of Christianity

    There is nothing new and nothing particularly unusual about apostasy—about people who once professed the Christian faith coming to deny it. From the early church to the present day, we have witnessed a long and sad succession of people walking away from Christianity and often doing so with expressions of anger, animosity, and personal superiority.…

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    A La Carte (February 2)

    A La Carte: When your spouse won’t join a solid church / The gospel gives us courage / The beautiful burden of caregiving / At work in his Word / Do I have a hard heart? / Surrendering rights for the sake of the gospel / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 1)

    A La Carte: Vetting kids’ entertainment isn’t a one-and-done / Joni Eareckson Tada’s resilient joy in pain / Honor marriage / How can the church remain faithful in this current cultural climate? / What senior pastors should know about the younger generations / and more.

  • When God Gives Us a Platform

    When God Gives Us a Platform

    There are many ways we may respond to the sudden onrush of some new pain or the sudden onset of some fresh sorrow. There are many options set before us when health fails and uncertainty draws near, when wealth collapses and bankruptcy looms, when a loved one is taken and we are left alone. There…

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    A La Carte (January 31)

    A La Carte: What are demons and how should we think about them? / It’s time to stop bagging out the “average church member” / Alistair Begg and the loving thing / The internal contradiction in transgender theories / Seeing in color / The sad relief / and more.

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    A La Carte (January 30)

    A La Carte: Evangelicals need a constructive vision / He’s with you, no matter what / Keeping singing the (whole) gospel / Abundant life in room 129 / On pastors and professors / Was Jesus confused by the cross? / and more.