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A La Carte (July 6)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

Reminder: I have a book coming out in September titled Knowing and Enjoying God. There is currently a pre-order special where the first 250 to submit proof of purchase will receive some bonus physical prints.

Disciple Making Movements

This analysis of disciple making movements, written from a Reformed Presbyterian perspective, is very illuminating and very helpful. “The numbers, if they are to be believed, are staggering. Millions of Christian converts. Thousands of churches. And all this in a few years, with relatively little direct engagement. It is no wonder that the recent missionary strategy known as ‘Disciple-Making Movements’ (DMM) has become increasingly prevalent in Western missionary sending agencies.”

How to Tame Your Tongue

“Taming is a process by which a wild beast is subdued into adapting and submitting to human control. Which beast is the hardest to tame? Zebras? Sharks? House cats?” The Bible points us in a different direction…

Theistic Evolution and the Doctrine of Death

This long article from looks at theistic evolution and its teaching that there must have been death before man’s fall into sin. “Belief in evolution can radically alter one’s concept of death. The whole creation/evolution debate revolves around the question of how God created. Was it by speaking things into existence ex nihilo, ‘out of nothing’ (see Hebrews 11:3)? Did He specially create unique kinds of living organisms upon the earth inside a single week? Or did God use evolution, spreading out this creative activity over hundreds of millions of years? If the latter, inevitably struggle, disease, violence and death would have been involved at every step along the way.”

John Hus’s Company of Women

“John Hus, the Bohemian Reformer who was condemned as heretic at the Council of Constance, was supported by a large number of women. This was, in some ways, unusual.” Simonetta Carr explains.

What Does It Mean that Jesus Is Prophet, Priest, and King?

“Theologians down the centuries have often spoken of Jesus’s threefold office. Jesus has one office, that of Messiah or Christ. He is the anointed one, the one mediator between God and man, the Savior. But this office has three aspects to it: those of prophet, priest, and king.”

One Surprising Reason for Pain

John Piper: “Why do we have a world like this? Why so much pain? Why so much conflict? Why so much suffering? Why so much gas? It is a horrible place. It is a conveyor belt of corpses. Millions of people right now are weeping their eyes out over the sorrows in their lives, as we speak. Why such a world?”

On Taking Heart

This is a hard and haunting update from medical missionaries in Uganda.

Flashback: Controversy or Complacency

Controversy and complacency—both are alive in the church today. Sadly, both are alive in me as well.

It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors.

—A.W. Pink

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    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)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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…