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A La Carte (July 12)


May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

There’s a handful of Kindle deals to look at.

(Yesterday on the blog: Now Available: Understanding and Trusting Our Great God)

What Makes a Bible Translation Really Bad?

I really enjoyed this look at what makes a Bible translation especially bad. “If you find an English Bible translation on your Christian bookstore shelf, it’s almost certainly good. Buy it. Read it. Trust it. But there are some ‘bad Bibles’ out there, Bibles you won’t find careful evangelical biblical scholars recommending.”

The Quality of Covenant School’s Mercy

This is a good and important piece of writing from Bethel McGrew.

“I can’t get past Him.”—Paul Washer on The Preeminent Christ

“No matter how knowledgeable or eloquent the preacher or how diligent and precise the writer, they are no match for the smallest part of the gospel of Jesus Christ… Thus, being torn between my impotence to expound the gospel and my absolute necessity to do so, I commend this work to Christ’s church collectively and to the believer individually.” (Sponsored Link)

Influencer-in-Chief: Considering the Future of the American Presidency

You don’t need to share Chris’s view on politics or particular politicians to get the point of what he is saying here. “One of the angles of the American political system that does fascinate me … is the interplay between social media and politicians. Especially when it comes to the Super Bowl of American politics: the United States presidential election.”

39 Contrasts Between Just Two Kinds of People

This is a fascinating collection of biblical contrasts.

How Can I Lead a Quiet Life When My Job Requires Self-Promotion?

“First Thessalonians 4:11–12 talks about making it your ambition to lead a quiet life. As a commercial real estate broker, I’m told to advertise and promote myself to attract new clients. How should I reconcile these apparently opposing positions?” Miranda Carls answers the question.

Jesus on Procreation

Andrew Bunt makes an observation about Jesus’ understanding of marriage and sex.

Flashback: Are You in the Dangerous Time In Between?

It’s so often the ones who seemed to be at their greatest moment of success who were on the precipice of destruction. Like blind men about to blunder off a cliff, they were oblivious to their impending doom. They failed to heed God’s warnings in that time in-between.

If you go to Jesus, he may ask of you far more than you originally planned to give, but he can give to you infinitely more than you dared ask or think.

—Tim Keller

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 9)

    A La Carte: A prayer for my children’s walk with Christ / What really happened and Nicea / The secular creed / The Bible is not boring / It’s okay to fail / How can I read my Bible correctly? / Kindle deals / and more.