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A La Carte (January 13)

A Plea for Poets, Plumbers, Philosophers, and Physicians

Amen to this: “The church of Jesus Christ ought to be developing our young people to serve in many fields and from a biblical and theological framework. But do we do that? Often those who are interested in theology are hurried towards seminary.”

Did Judas Receive the Bread and the Cup?

Maybe you have wondered this before: Did Judas also receive the bread and the cup?

J.I. Packer’s Library

John Richard Allison Library in Vancouver has made available a collection of rare Puritan books, many of which are from J.I. Packer’s personal library. (J.T. has more.)

Perplexing Passages: Romans 7

TGC: “This is the first installment in a special three-part ‘Perplexing Passages’” forum examining the long-debated Pauline passage, Romans 7:13–25. In part 2, John Piper will defend the view that Paul was speaking of his struggle with indwelling sin as a believer. The final part will offer a third view from Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

How to Be Spiritually Miserable

This article contains spiritual insight and a genuine challenge.

This Day in 1501. 515 years ago today, the world’s first hymnbook printed in the vernacular was published in Prague. *

The Not-So-Quiet Quiet Time

“Evangelical Christians have long talked about having a ‘quiet time.’ A quiet time is an excellent thing, and I hope you have made a commitment to have a regular quiet time this year. But my question is: What are you going to do in that time?”

Cliff-Diving Geese

This is the strangest thing: Geese that have to do a ridiculous cliff-dive to survive.

Tripp

God’s commands are not designed to rob you of life or to plunder your freedom, but to graciously protect you from harm.

—Paul Tripp

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…