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A La Carte (January 16)

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There are lots of solid Kindle deals to consider today.

Westminster Books is offering a deal on an excellent series on biblical theology. Also, the film American Gospel, which I reviewed some time ago, is now available for purchase or rental at Amazon.

(Yesterday on the blog: Has Your Child Been Looking at Bad Stuff Online?)

False Feminism

This is a long but important read from First Things that attempts to grapple with the contemporary sexual chaos. “As the #MeToo movement has spread from the upper echelons of Hollywood to the halls of Congress, what has most struck me is the startling disconnect between the movement’s feverish sensitivity to sexual impropriety, on the one hand, and women’s eager embrace of our nation’s sex-drenched popular culture, on the other.”

On Canceling Church

A few weeks ago there was a bunch of talk about canceling church on the Sunday after Christmas. In this episode of the Pastors’ Talk podcast, Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman step a bit above the fray to talk about the nature of church and the consequences of canceling it.

The World Below (Video)

“The World Below” displays some stunning footage taken from the International Space Station.

I Felt the Sun Today

I really enjoyed Brianna Lambert’s poem “I Felt the Sun Today.” Remember: Poetry needs to be read aloud so you can not just read but also hear it.

From Envy and Rivalry

I found this a helpful reflection on envy and rivalry and what they do to us and our ability to minister to others. “Envy is a distrust of Christ. When I envy the position, prestige, or platform of another, I am screaming in my heart that Christ, though gracious in all His actions towards me, has failed to give me enough. Envy tells me that Christ, who gave His all, to the point of death (even death on a cross!) is withholding something from me now. I cannot truly lead others to worship a God who I feel has not done a good enough job taking care of me as His own. I cannot lead them to worship such a God, and, if I am so displeased with His services, why would I want to recommend Him to someone else?”

May She Be My Delight

Husbands will benefit from this one. “God does not tolerate his church. He does not ignore her. He does not wake up in the morning thinking he married the wrong girl. Familiarity does not dampen his passion. Eternity will seem like a moment to him because of his love for her. She does not scheme to win his embrace. He spent his strength for her in his earthly life and was pierced for her transgressions to stab at the roots of death and shield her from the grave.”

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

This reflection on Christ’s return merits reading aloud (especially the second-to-last paragraph). “What is spellbinding about this is not only the unthinkable idea that everyone, everywhere, at once will see him, but also that Christ’s coming will be moment and meaning simultaneously. When the tribes of the earth see the coming Christ there will be no confusion about his identity, no doubt about his authority, nor any dissenting from the reality of his judgement, but what a stunning image of the sovereign Saviour.”

Flashback: Aging Gracefully

Every day, we are all building the house we will live in when old age comes. Some of us are building a beautiful palace. Some are building a dark prison. What are you building?

The word of God is more than enough for the people of God to live their lives to the glory of God.

—Kevin DeYoung

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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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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

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    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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  • 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…