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A La Carte (January 31)

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Today’s Kindle deals offer a few interesting books, including a relatively new one from John MacArthur.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for January 2020)

What Does Paul Mean When He Says, “Act Like Men”?

I had been meaning to figure this out and write this article, so am glad Wyatt got to it.

That Famous Cello Prelude, Deconstructed (Video)

You may not recognize Bach’s G major prelude just by naming it, but you’ve definitely heard it many, many times.

Sing! The Scriptures | Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 | Nashville

I will be speaking at the Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing! The Scriptures alongside Joni Tada, John MacArthur, David Platt, Trip Lee, Bob Kauflin, and many others! Hurry – Early Bird registration ends soon. It will be three days of deep theology, timeless artistry and rich congregational worship! Join us for an in-depth look at the songs of scripture from Genesis to Revelation and Martin Luther’s emphasis on speaking, singing, preaching, praying and living out the Word. It also includes special concerts at the Grand Ole Opry & Bridgestone Arena! (Sponsored Link)

What We Can Learn from the #MeToo Moments in Genesis

Here’s a fascinating one from Kevin DeYoung. “The first book of the Bible is a picture of sin run amuck. Of course, we also find in Genesis a display of God’s creative power, his plan of redemption, and his sovereign mercy in blessing his undeserving people. But even amidst this wonderful good news, we see plenty of examples of the corrupting effects of sin from Genesis 3 through the end of the book.”

Virginia and the Lie at the Heart of the Pro-Choice Movement

Jesse Johnson: “Virginia’s senate narrowly repealed laws regulating abortion in the state. While only affecting Virginia, their action has nation-wide implications because it exposes the lie at the heart of the pro-choice movement—namely that being pro-choice is about being pro-woman.”

The Extraordinary WW2 Sketchbook of Victor Lundy

What a neat story and what tremendously evocative sketches.

5 Questions Your Listeners Will Have When They Hear You Preach

While it’s obviously most important that a pastor focuses on what he intends to say, it’s also important that he find ways to address the questions his listeners will have toward him.

A Tsetse Fly Births One Enormous Milk-Fed Baby (Video)

Nature is often equally fascinating and horrifying.

Flashback: When Freedom Is Captivity

What looks like captivity is freedom, and what looks like freedom is captivity. We are terrible assessors of what brings the truest joy. It is a daily battle to take God at his word.

It is as great an offence to make a new, as to deny the true God.

—John King

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.