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A La Carte (January 27)


Good morning! The Lord be with you today.

On sale this week at Westminster Books is Mike Emlet’s new Saints, Sufferers & Sinners.

There is, as usual, a selection of Kindle deals to look through.

Joe Biden’s Transgender Fictions

Carl Trueman: “If only it was just women’s sports that were headed from ESPN to the History Channel. Even more serious, however, is the utter collapse of any stable notion of human personhood. What constitutes a person is now apparently nothing more than your feelings, your psychology.” (Also, he recently wrote about race and reflects on the feedback to that article here.)

Abortion – The Central Sacrament of the Political Left

Albert Mohler writes about 62,000,000 missing children. “Numbers on this scale lead us to ask: How could abortion ever become thinkable? How did abortion become institutionalized, indeed, celebrated in American culture?”

Drawing Close to God Amid Bitter Circumstances

“Do you have any bitterness in your life? As a pastor attempting to shepherd our church family through a worldwide pandemic, I have had a front-row seat to many stories of sadness, heartache, and disappointment. It has been difficult to watch my brothers and sisters suffer, along with many other members of our community.” (Sponsored)

Should Missionaries Be Looking for “Persons of Peace”?

“Whereas the term ‘seeker’ has been associated with the church growth movement in North America in particular, ‘person of peace’ has lodged itself into the lexicon of modern missions.” This article from 9Marks takes a look at the terminology.

The Privilege of Pastoring

Darryl Dash: “I pastor a small, relatively new church. We don’t own a building. The church feels fragile, although I suppose every church does. Although we’re small, we have our share of challenges and problems. And yet I can’t believe I have the privilege of pastoring this church.”

Isn’t He Beautiful?

“Isn’t he just beautiful? And Yahweh did it all FOR US? That comes pretty close, I imagine, to the sort of thing that Israelites must have said when they saw Aaron dressed for work.”

God Has Not Forgotten You In Your Time of Great Sorrow

There is comfort in such knowledge.

Flashback: A Few Practical Pointers on Marriage

Your husband or wife is the person who is closest to you. No one is more harmed by your sin and no one is more blessed by your sanctification than your spouse.

There is no greater state than to get up from your knees knowing that in God’s sight you are clean, that He has forgiven every sin you’ve ever committed.

—R.C. Sproul

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