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A La Carte (July 27)

monday

I’ve had a number of people ask about the third and final part of my review of White Fragility. It is coming soon! I had to preach on Sunday, so the sermon was my week’s major focus. But with that behind me, I’ll get back to the review.

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(Yesterday on the blog: We Are Praying For Our Children)

A Eulogy for a Friend, a Lament for our Nation

I think there’s value in reading David French’s lament for his friend—someone whose death you may have read about in the news. “This week a friend of mine died, and people across the country celebrated his death.”

How to Pray When You’re Feeling Anxious or Depressed

David Murray provides counsel on praying through difficulties like anxiety and depression.

A Time for Civil Disobedience? A Response to Grace Community Church’s Elders

You no doubt heard that John MacArthur and Grace Community Church decided to defy governmental orders and meet on Sunday. (See Grace’s statement here.) In this article Jonathan Leeman responds and interacts a little. This is a conversation worth having! (You can also listen to Leeman and Mark Dever discuss it on this episode of their podcast.)

Don’t Just Learn From Church History – Look To The Global Church Too

As we turn to church history to learn how to live and worship during a pandemic, we’d do well to turn not just to history but also to the global church.

COVID-19 Is Disrupting Americans’ Engagement with Scripture

Joe Carter discusses a new study that finds that many Americans have stopped engaging with the Bible through the pandemic. “Most Christians know what they should do—read the Bible. Some know how they should do it, such as engaging in inductive Bible study. But very few seem to know why they need to regularly engage with the Bible.”

The Elusive Trait of Reasonableness

We ought to be known for our reasonableness, right? So what is that tricky trait?

Hearing J.I. Packer Again

Joel Belz: “In the 34 years since we published the first issue of WORLD Magazine, perhaps half a dozen names leap off the pages as truly memorable one-on-one interviews I was privileged to pursue with notable people. And of those half-dozen interviewees, none ranks higher than the British-born theologian J.I. Packer, who died on July 17. Which makes it more embarrassing to tell you of my carelessness with that interview. “

Flashback: No Platform High Enough

No matter your goal, no matter your god, it will not and cannot bring lasting satisfaction. In this world, God’s world, these kinds of desires were never meant to bring ultimate satisfaction.

Your trial cannot be longer than the lasting power of God’s faithfulness, and mercy, and patience, and power. He will be true to you all through it. His patience will not be exhausted, his power will not come short. You will never be left without God.

—P.B. Power

  • Leadership

    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.

  • 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…