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A La Carte (January 10)


Grace and peace to you on this fine Monday.

There is a collection of books and commentaries to look at in today’s Kindle deals.

How Do We Process the Scariest Passage in All of Scripture?

Justin Dillehay: “It’s frightening to think about going to hell. It’s even more frightening to find out too late that you’re going to hell when you thought you were going to heaven. And still more frightening to think that not just a few, but ‘many’ will have this experience.”

Why Does God Hide Himself from Christians?

I really appreciate John Piper’s answer to this question. “Let me repeat the very, very crucial central statement that he made. He said this: ‘So God never forsakes his people, but he sometimes withdraws from them the sweetness of communion with him. He hides his face, as the psalmist says in about a dozen places.’ His question is, Why would God do that to his own children?”

How “Conversion Therapy” Bans Are Akin to Apostasy Laws

Joe Carter explains how conversion therapy bans, which are cropping up in a number of jurisdictions, are akin to Islamic apostasy laws.

Rejoicing in Suffering

Guy Richard considers rejoicing in suffering. “In some way, by his own admission, Paul’s sufferings were ‘for your sake.’ In other words, they accomplished something in the lives of the Christians to whom Paul was writing. Looking back on his suffering, Paul was able to see that, and, for this reason, he rejoiced. But what exactly did Paul see?”

7 Things the Prophets Might Say To Us

Peter Mead considers the Old Testament prophets and asks, “I wonder what they would say if they travelled through time and visited our churches today? What would they say to us preachers? Here are seven quick thoughts to ponder, feel free to add more.”

Why Does the Book of Acts End So Abruptly?

The book of Acts ends very abruptly. Why?

Flashback: Why You Shouldn’t Stop Blogging (or Why You Should Consider Starting)

Here are some of the benefits you may experience if you maintain your own blog (instead of only ever submitting material to the major ministry blogs).

God has promised to supply what we need, when we need it. He hasn’t equipped us for hypotheticals.

—Betsy Childs Howard

  • 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…

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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.