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A La Carte (July 13)

monday

I had a great week away last week. We rented a little cottage by a lake and pretty much just sat there together for seven days. It was just what the doctor ordered. And now, back to work…

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(Yesterday on the blog: If Ever I Have Longed for My Bed After a Long Journey…)

Faith Seeking Understanding: Thinking Theologically About Racial Tensions

Kevin DeYoung has kicked off a new series of articles dealing with race and justice. “One of the great needs in our day is for pastors and Christian leaders to think theologically about the pressing issues of race and justice.”

Seeing the World in Black and White

And speaking of race and justice, this article by Greg Morse is well worth a read. “What happened there? What transpired between that woman and my family? How we answer this question, as well as many others like it, I believe, indicates how successful the course of current conversations surrounding racial reconciliation will be.”

Does God Elect His People to Salvation Based on Any Condition They Have Met? (Video)

You probably know the answer to this one, but will still benefit from hearing this explanation from Stephen Nichols.

4 Principles for Talking to Your Kids about Sex

Julie Lowe: “As a parent, how comfortable are you talking with your children about sex? Not so much? Why is that? God created sex to bless us—why is it so hard to talk about?”

Will They Know We Are Missionaries By Our Listening?

“The brooms in Tanzania start early each day. A familiar ‘swish, swish, swish’ emanates from every house. When I moved here, I was shocked that most women sweep their houses daily and mop the floors three times a week. At first, that routine seemed kind of ridiculous to me. So, I made the most basic mistake warned about in Missionary 101: Judging instead of Listening.”

The 2020 Audubon Photography Awards: Winners

Such beauty…

Why We Shouldn’t Speak Flippantly or Joke About Hell

I quite agree with this. “Language matters. Every word counts. What you say, how you say it, and the implication behind what you mean should be taken into account before uttering a word.”

Flashback: The Damning Devastation of a Single Coddled Sin

The person with an untended wound on his shoulder cannot carry a heavy pack, and the person with an untended sin cannot carry a heavy cross. Will you be willing to give up your life for Christ tomorrow if you are not willing to give up your lust today?

Whenever the periphery is in danger of displacing the center, we are not far removed from idolatry.

—D.A. Carson

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

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    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…