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A La Carte (February 23)


The Lord bless you and keep you today.

On sale this week at Westminster Books is an excellent series of Christian biographies for children.

Seven Common Misconceptions about the King James Bible

“When a book blossoms into such a literary lotus, myths also begin to sprout. Grains of truth rendering them plausible grow into weeds of fiction. Blocking the light of contrary facts and pilfering life-giving nuance, truth eventually withers. The following are seven myths about the KJB that now need pruning.”

I Frequently Feel Like a Father Failure

Most fathers feel like failures much of the time…

Deeply Loved, Dearly Missed

I was blessed to read Donna Evans’ eulogy of her dear son, James Bruce. She says that “the world could not possibly understand how one individual, so limited in natural ability, could possibly impact the lives of so many. But that’s exactly what James Bruce did.”

The Seven Works of the Holy Spirit

David Paul reminds us of how much the Holy Spirit does in us and for us.

The Ten Commandments are a Mentor Leading Us to Faith in Christ

Colin Smith: “The Ten Commandments are a mentor to lead you to faith in Christ. A mentor is someone who can show you where you need to go and walk with you till you get there. Properly understood, that’s what the commandments will do.”

The Information Superhighway Is a Dead End

This is worth pondering as we use search engines and social media. “The architectures of the busiest hubs of online life are designed to make us reliant on them, not free us from them, and exposure to wisdom (opposed to knowledge) would expose this reality. It is Plato’s Allegory of the Cave on a global scale.”

Flashback: A Plea for Innocence

It is well and good, I think, to have some familiarity with some of the most common false teachings and false teachers…But it can be dangerous to immerse ourselves in false teachings and false teachers. It can be dangerous to assume that we need to have a deep understanding of error in order to hold fast to what is true.

There is no halfway or lackadaisical way to fight lust. If you’re not fighting your sin, you’re befriending your sin.

—Tripp Lee

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

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  • 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…