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A La Carte (January 23)


Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include four solid picks from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Murderer Who Crushed a Worm)

Be Your Own Unique Style of Grandparent

This is good advice for grandparents—and parents for that.

The Idol of Our Expectations

“Isn’t this how God works? He orchestrates situations in our lives that challenge us because He loves us. He knows better than we do what He needs to drop into our lives to make us more like Jesus, and He knows exactly how to sanctify us through each challenge. I pray that is what He’s doing with me, slow as I am.”

Come, Lord Jesus by John Piper

Crossway has published an important new book by John Piper entitled Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Second Coming of Christ. For the launch, Desiring God has partnered with Westminster Bookstore to offer the hardcover edition at 40% off. (Sponsored Link)

How to Read Hebrew Poetry

This is a helpful guide to understanding Hebrew poetry (which is to say, how to understand much of the Old Testament).

Wasn’t My Body, but It Was My Baby

Garrett Kell: “In the summer of 1998, a friend and I spent an evening together. A few weeks later, she told me she was pregnant and the baby was mine. Neither of us expected it or felt ready to raise a child together. We weren’t in love, and we thought it would be better to go our separate ways with a clean slate.”

God Plans Your Stops

What do you do and how do you react when God interrupts your plans?

Responding to the Bishops’ Proposals for Same-Sex Blessings

Lee Gatiss responds to the plans outlined by the bishops of the Church of England to celebrate “services of dedication and thanksgiving pronouncing God’s blessing on same-sex couples who marry or enter civil partnerships.”

Flashback: We Don’t Sing for Fun

…singing is not prescribed for Christian worship for the purpose of fun. It actually serves a far higher purpose as a means through which we bring mutual encouragement by recounting common truths together.

When Jesus, the Clean One, touched an unclean sinner, Christ did not become unclean. The sinner became clean.

—Dane Ortlund

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…