I’m back! I enjoyed a much-needed relaxing week with my family in Newfoundland. We went straight from there to Muskoka Bible Centre where I am teaching for the week. But as of today it’s business as normal at the blog, which means the return of A La Carte. Here we go…
Today’s Kindle deals include several excellent picks from Crossway.
This really needed to be said, and I’m thankful to Rebecca VanDoodewaard for saying it. “Divorce does not end a covenant. It protects the spouse whose covenant has been violated—a picture of covenant protection in the face of human unfaithfulness. Always discouraging divorce, always making it a last, desperate option that really fails to show gospel power, implies that we know more about marriage than God does and value it more highly. If there are legitimate reasons for divorce, then making divorce look like a lesser option is wrong. God allows it: who are we to discourage people from choosing a biblical option?”
Kevin DeYoung: “Every church I’ve ever been a part of has had a Sunday evening service. I’ve always gone. It’s what I grew up with. It’s part of my rhythm as a Christian, and I am immensely grateful for it.”
Carl Trueman says this of the Church of England’s motion calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions: “This motion is consistent with liberal Protestantism’s age-old calling, that of baptizing the moral norms du jour of the respectable chattering classes, presumably in hopes of enhancing the appeal of religion to its cultured despisers. Transgenderism was bound for liturgical acceptance.”
Here is Al Mohler on the Eugene Peterson situation. “The ordeal experienced last week by popular author Eugene Peterson was agonizing to observe, largely self-inflicted, and virtually inevitable. You should pay close attention to it, for you might very well be next.”
It’s a simple but proven formula. “Gospel + safety + time. It’s what everyone needs. A lot of gospel + a lot of safety + a lot of time.”
My pal Paul Carter shows who Jesus was referring to and why it matters so much.
Darryl Dash shares his memories of Haddon Robinson (who has just died) as well as some of his choice quotes.
Supporting, delivering from distress, rescuing the weak, comforting: those are exactly the ways in which Aileen comes alongside me and helps me.
We have to learn to commit not only the future but also the past to the Lord.—Daniel Fuller