A La Carte (January 23)

Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

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(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
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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