A La Carte (June 12)

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Also, you may be interested to know that Cruciform Press has just released a revised and updated edition of John Piper’s Preparing for Marriage.

(Yesterday on the blog: How the Church Submits to Jesus Christ)

Dear Lord, You Can Have This Baby

This is a moving letter from an expectant mom to the God she trusts. “I’m unsure of how to express all that I feel, but I know you see all that resides within my heart. You see my longings and my fears, my gratitude and my restlessness. Within my heart are the questions to which you alone have the answers. Will you allow our third baby to grow? How long will this baby live? Can I emotionally survive another loss, if you so choose?”

Watching our Words in the Age of Outrage

“When James wrote ‘no human being can tame the tongue,’ I doubt he knew what the media landscape would look like 2018, but his Spirit-inspired words accurately describe the age in which we find ourselves. That he wrote these words almost two thousand years ago tells us something about human nature. Twitter, Facebook, text messaging, and television did not produce our overabundance of cruel language, but they did create the means through which our words could be broadcasted farther than the Lord’s half-brother could have ever imagined.”

I Feel Called to Write. Now What?

Lore provides a good take on a common question: I feel called to write. Now what? “Do you suggest I do that in blogging? Growing my social media channels? Write books? Where should I publish? How do I get my name out there? What if no one reads my blog? What if I work really hard at it for a year and still no one reads my blog?”

Hawaii’s Kilaeuea Volcanic Eruption (Video)

This is some pretty amazing footage.

Ten Short Truths about the Shortest Psalm

Psalm 117 may be the shortest psalm in the Bible, but that doesn’t mean it’s not packed full of truth.

Horace Underwood – Korea’s “Bundle of Fire”

“As we watch news of North Korea and pray for that gospel-deprived country, it might be encouraging to remember the rapidity and intensity with which Christianity spread within the still undivided Korea in just a few decades.” Indeed. It’s a country whose Christian history I very much want to explore.

Can the “Welcoming Church” Speak the Truth?

Richard Phillips: “One feature of life in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is the unveiling of the annual buzz-word for our General Assembly. This year, the word is ‘welcoming.’ So far as it goes, this is a fine aspiration for our denomination.” But he wouldn’t be writing an article about it if that’s all there was to the story, would he?

Flashback: When Sin Looks Delicious

Do you ever have those days where you just want to sin? Sin looks delicious while righteousness looks distasteful. Sin looks satisfying and holiness looks frustrating.

We are in the world, but not of the world. We are to have our boat in the water, but no water in the boat. —Steve Lawson