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A La Carte (July 2)

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

Logos users will want to check out the great commentary sale they’ve got going on right now. (And, while you’re at it, maybe grab their free and nearly-free books.)

There are a couple of good Kindle deals today, including a relatively new title from Nancy Guthrie.

My Life as a Christian Under a Communist Regime

Zhang San reflects on living the Christian life under a communist regime. “It may surprise you, but from my perspective the main suffering for Chinese Christians is not physical persecution or lack of religious liberty but bad theology, though the reason behind bad theology is the lack of freedom.”

Critical Race Theory: Civil Rights Upside Down

Greg Koukl has a long article about CRT which is meant to be “not so much a critique of CRT as it is a clarification of its basic elements, a comparison between it and the ethics of the civil rights movement of the ’60s, and a caution regarding its totalitarian tendencies.”

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The Unbelief in My Belief

Glenna Marshall considers those little opportunities we get (and often fail to take) to share the gospel. “You are just a messenger of a good, good message. You can share it with hope instead of fear when you entrust every conversation to the Lord. His ways will not be thwarted by stammering or awkward silences.”

The Spleen, Once Regarded as Vestigial, Now Recognized as a Critically Important Organ

At AiG is a long and interesting article about the spleen, which was once regarded as vestigial and useless…until scientists looked a little closer. The article aptly shows the difference between looking at the body as evolved versus looking at it as designed.

Dust

T. M. Suffield: “There’s a feeling that comes with long difficult work that ends in forming something that you made. It’s hard to find the right words for it, but the nearest I can think of is transcendence. That incredible effort can be turned into something new, that speaks of you as its maker and bears your stamp on its every surface. That blood, sweat, and tears can be poured into a place until you have a form. As I write it is yet unfinished, but the shell is taking on warmth and life. Bricks are becoming a dwelling.”

Poena Cullei: The Worst Roman Punishment

I find articles like this one helpful in better understanding the context in which the Old Testament was written and the early church began.

Flashback: When Failure Saves and Success Destroys

Here’s something I’ve learned through 40 years of success and failure: God’s care for us may be better expressed in allowing us to fail than permitting us to succeed.

Though our innocency will not secure us from troubles, yet it will greatly support and comfort us under our troubles.

—Matthew Henry

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

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  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

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    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of