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A La Carte (February 22)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

(Yesterday on the blog: None of Us Will Ever Forget What You Did)

Important Contexts for Understanding Reformed Theology

Keith Mathison reminds us that context matters in history and theology as much as in Bible study. “Reformed theology was a fruit of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, and that Reformation took place in a particular historical and cultural context. The authors writing at the time wrote within a particular philosophical and theological context. Having a grasp of these various contexts is important for understanding Reformed theology. I want to briefly mention three such contexts: the historical, philosophical, and theological contexts.”

Sometimes Leaders Need to be Carried

Jared Wilson: “Leadership of all kinds is lonely and costly. It is tiring. For every person with a problem, he or she is essentially all that exists. Affliction has its way of self-centering. But all the problems that exist are the leader’s.”

Another Year Under the Sun

“People who ought to know keep saying that this year we will finally put the pandemic behind us. I’ve given up predicting myself, but I hope they’re right. If they are, I wonder how we’ll remember these last couple years.” Matt McCullough shows how Ecclesiastes may be particularly important at this time.

Should You Leave Your Church? (Video)

Todd Friel considers whether or not you should leave your church.

We Are Both Job and Job’s Friends

This is a helpful little reflection on the fact that we are sometimes Job and sometimes Job’s friends.

Carrying Each Others’ Burdens and Why It Can Be Hard

Carrying each other’s burdens can be hard, and this article tells why.

Flashback: I Feel I Think I Believe

…we as Christians must know what we believe and we must believe these things with strength and confidence. It is not wrong to feel, but it is not enough. Feelings will not sustain us when the world turns against us.

We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.

—David Platt

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