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A La Carte (July 25)

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A Brief History of the Altar Call

“By the mid-20th century, altar calls had become a staple of evangelical and Baptist life in America, especially in the South.” But where did that thing come from in the first place?

Progressivism’s Peak Lunacy

This is, indeed, lunacy. But I fear we’ve got a ways to go before it hits its peak. But the point Matthew Hosier makes here is an important one: Is gender everything or nothing?

How Can I Forgive Myself?

H.B. Charles answers: “The most faithful response to this question is to reject it as an illegitimate question.”

Extraordinary Octopus Takes To Land (Video)

I prefer when sea things stay in the sea and land things stay on the land. But this octopus doesn’t play by those rules.

Questions I’m Asking While Off to My White Evangelical Church

Lisa Robinson asks some urgent and important questions as she, a visible minority, heads to her white Evangelical church. “How does this all cause me to even look at those white people in my church, and white Christians in general? How can I now not be suspicious of them? Are they now not those who oppose me, who oppose blackness and the struggle that has existed for so many years?”

The Gospel is Like an Old Hymn

Jared Wilson: “A lot of the new songs–not all of them, of course, but a lot of them–head straight to how I feel about Jesus but never take me into the depths of why I ought to feel that way. We’re summoning the wind, calling down the fire, pleading for rainfall. (I begin to wonder if I’m worshiping God or reciting some kind of medieval weather report.) I’m telling God what I want, what I need (what I loooong for, ooooohh).”

A Short Overview of Future Events [Futuristic Premillennialism]

I do not hold to premillennialism. However, I found this a helpful overview to better understand the position. Which, to be clear, I still don’t hold to.

Why Didn’t the Planned Parenthood Videos Change the Abortion Debate?

Joe Carter takes his best shot at answer a perplexing question.

Flashback: We Are All Virgins Now

This whole obsession with virginity misses one New Testament key, the gospel key.

A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.

—Martin Luther

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.