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A La Carte (January 12)

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Today’s Kindle deals include quite a number of books on apologetics from Zondervan, plus a couple of good picks from Reformation Heritage.

Here’s a reminder that much of my content is translated to Spanish and posted publicly right here.

(Yesterday on the blog: Would It Be Okay For Me To Be Angry With God?)

Death Is Not the End

I woke up yesterday thinking about the closing lines of the Apostle’s Creed. It was good, then, to read Andy Naselli’s article on that very thing.

The Weakness of Prayer Makes Strong Christians

Jared Wilson offers some good insights on prayer, including this: “In prayer, you are not in the place of control but in the place of submission. Through prayer we bare our hearts, minds, and souls to the God who wants to be our friend and deliverer. And the more we do this baring, the more we will experience of his power, even in our lowest and weakest of moments. Prayer is essentially weaponized weakness.”

Unmute

I thorough enjoyed Joe Spring’s new poem which perfectly fits the times.

Engraved

Susan Lafferty’s new article is not poetry, but is still plenty poetic in its form.

Can A Christian Fall Into Deep Sin, Die, And Still Be Saved? (Video)

Sinclair Ferguson offers a strong answer to this question.

I Thank God For You

“What is your attitude toward other believers in Jesus Christ? Do they have to agree with you, or reach a certain level of maturity, or come from a certain background for you to joyfully thank God for them?”

Evangelicals and Race Theory

Carl Trueman has penned a long and interesting article on Evangelicals and Critical Race Theory.

Flashback: The Year I Saw Billions of Dollars in Art

If a human artist can do so much and gain such acclaim through his use of the most mundane materials, think what the Divine Artist can do with a human canvas. Think how much acclaim he can gain from the likes of you and me—creatures who are created in his very image.

God is more willing to pardon than to punish. Mercy does more multiply in Him than sin in us.

—Thomas Watson

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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)

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  • 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…