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A La Carte (July 30)


Westminster Books has a great sale on the excellent God’s Word for You series of Bible study guides which are ideal for personal or group study.

(Yesterday on the blog: How To Respond to Social Media Enemies)

A Real Miracle in Prosperity Network

Wouldn’t this be amazing if it’s proven true over time? “In his most recent Sunday sermon (July 26), Todd White declared that God has been painfully pruning him; that he has been brought ‘trembling shaking [to] a new place of fear of the Lord.’ He said that he is ‘in school again” that he is ‘so convicted I can’t even tell you.’”

The Best Translation to use for (Public) Exegesis

This is a good look at the best translation to use for public exegesis.

What’s So Great About Total Depravity?

Richard Phillips: “I would offer three answers to this important question. For the doctrine of total depravity is not just something we learn so as to score high marks on some theology exam. Instead, total depravity is a doctrine to live by.”

It’s Alright To Just Be Pals

Stephen Kneale wonders if we really need to formalize everything. “They wanted to formalise something that, as far as I was concerned, didn’t need formalising. They wanted to stick a label on something – to make me seem far more important than I should be to them and them seem less significant than they were to me – that we were essentially already doing as mates.”

Thinking Theologically About Racial Tensions: Life Together in the Church

Here’s the final part of Kevin DeYoung’s series on racial tensions. He says, “I want to finish this series by offering a smattering of loosely connected suggestions related to race and racism. If there is an organizing theme, it is, as the title indicates, about life together in the church: how we can maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3) and grow into maturity together in Christ (vv. 13-16).”

How Do I Wait for God?

John Piper answers this one. Here’s his first bit of advice: “Before you make one peep of an effort to solve your own problem or hire a human agency, pray. Seek the counsel of God. What is his way to solve this problem and bring you out of trouble?”

Netflix’s “the Baby-sitters Club” Sells Transgenderism To Its Preteen/Teen Audience

You’ve probably already heard about this if you’re a parent, but if not, you should be wary of the new Babysitters Club show on Netflix.

Flashback: Why We Love the Amish

In a world where we are so completely dependent on our high-tech devices, the Amish somehow manage to survive without them, and even appear to thrive without them.

Love won’t guarantee the young people will never walk away from the church, but it will make it a lot harder.

—Kevin DeYoung

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    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.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.