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A La Carte (June 18)


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you’d like to sharpen your knowledge of Job, Westminster Books has a sale on a pair of resources by Christopher Ash–one big, one small. (Also, don’t forget their spring clearance sale.)

I’m running out of fresh ways to say it! There are a few Kindle deals today.

Remembering Finn

I think you’ll enjoy reading Kristin’s memories of Finn.

Christians, Beware the Blame Game

Carl Trueman comes through with another solid column here. “The church’s exile from mainstream culture is going to be hard, but the Bible makes it clear that she wins in the end. The gates of hell shall not prevail against her. That is the source of our hope at this time, and so it is pastorally cruel and theologically irresponsible for Christians to obscure this truth with endless complaints about ‘the church’s’ past behavior and present inadequacies.”

Christ, Our Strength in Suffering

Jared Wilson says, “To suffer, with Christ, is a vastly superior life to never suffering without him.”

Religion as “Communal Solidarity” or “Personal Identity”?

Gene Veith considers the distinction between religion as communal solidarity (as it used to be) and religion as personal identity (as it so often is today).

Norton Hall Band (Video)

SBTS’s Norton Hall Band has been releasing a series of new recordings of classic hymns and all of them are worth listening to.

A Tragedy in London: What’s a Christian to Do?

Jude St. John lives and pastors near the spot of an appalling tragedy in London (Ontario). He reflects on it for TGC Canada. “Huddled piles of flowers have replaced the huddled masses of mourners that paid homage: their currency primarily being grief, shock, and anger. This is the location where three generations of a Muslim Canadian family were attacked leaving four family members dead and a nine-year-old child orphaned and in the hospital.”

Flashback: Not Worrying ≠ Not Caring

If God forbids worry, why do we still spend so much time doing it? If God warns us against anxiety, why we do we still find ourselves racked with fear as we consider what we’ve done and are doing and will do? Why do we waste days and squander nights in the joyless captivity of worry?

  • 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.

  • 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.