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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

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    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.