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A La Carte (July 16)

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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Logos users, remember to check out the commentary sale they’ve got going on right now. (Also remember that the NICOT/NICNT are on sale as well.)

At Westminster Books you’ll find a sale on a new collection of R.C. Sproul’s Tabletalk writings, plus many of his other books.

Not Just More, But Other: Teens, Theodicies, and Classical Theism

In this article from the new Ad Fontes Journal, Rhys Laverty looks at Mackie’s famous triangle. “The God of Mackie’s triangle is a mere man, and a straw man at that. The conundrum supposes that the qualities of power and love belong to God in the same way they belong to us, as qualities or attributes to be exercised as we imagine we would exercise them. But it’s not so with God. He is the definition of power and love, and not simply by being the one who best exercises them, but by himself being the source of our ideas about those things in the first place.”

Why the Gospel-Centered Movement Overlooks Youth Ministry

Mike McGarry offers some interesting comments on why the gospel-centered movement has overlooked youth ministry (and, in his opinion, ought not to).

Sorrows of Gold

“The thing that has taken me forever and a day to acknowledge: it is okay to be broken and fragile, and to ask for help. Self-sufficiency is the noblest of lies, rooted in pride. Our hardships are not meant to sanctify only us: the sharing of burdens is God’s means to also grow others. While we all have our own responsibilities to carry, self-sufficiency can stealthily morph into selfishness.”

Open Letter from a Cuban Pastor

This is a sorrowful letter from a Cuban pastor lamenting the situation in his country.

Evangelism Isn’t Complicated; You Don’t Need Another Course

Stephen Kneale offers a bit of a challenge here. “You don’t need another course. You don’t need extensive training. You need a sentence or two that explains who Jesus is and why he matters. And you know it because you already believe it. And if you know it and believe it, you are equipped with everything you need to go and share it with other people.”

Husbands, 8 Admonitions to Love Your Wife

William Boekestein offers husbands “eight admonitions to love our wives with respect to their various facets.”

We Are Too Slow in Recognising Our Own Sin

“We always tend to see the sins and shortcomings of other people more clearly than we see our own sin. As Jesus said, we are the kind of people who notice the speck in the eyes of others rather than the plank in our own eyes. It is hard to honestly assess our own spiritual condition.”

Flashback: 3 Helpful Instructions on Keeping a Journal

The loss of your money, your property, and your possessions counts for nothing next to losing the record of God’s faithfulness to you.

The cumulative effect of too much information—so easily and constantly accessible to us—creates a burden that our minds and souls were not created to bear.

—Brett McCracken

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • 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.