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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?

  • Sadness

    What To Do While You Wait To Die

    A friend of mine recently went to be with the Lord after enduring a long battle with leukemia. In his final weeks, as his strength slowly faded away, he told his family that he wished he could write a book titled What To Do While You Wait To Die. There would be no time to…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 3)

    Weekend A La Carte: The gospel is about going to heaven when you die / We need more repellently attractional churches / Partiality is not a victimless sin / The single most encouraging thing for a pastor / Amazing grace in deep despair / and more.

  • The Deconstruction of Christianity

    The Deconstruction of Christianity

    There is nothing new and nothing particularly unusual about apostasy—about people who once professed the Christian faith coming to deny it. From the early church to the present day, we have witnessed a long and sad succession of people walking away from Christianity and often doing so with expressions of anger, animosity, and personal superiority.…

  • Free Stuff Friday – The Timeless Truths Bible (Thomas Nelson Bibles)

    This week Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Thomas Nelson Bibles. They are giving away five copies of the Timeless Truths Bible. About the Timeless Truths Bible: The Christian faith is founded upon unchanging, timeless truth. From the days of the early church until the day of Christ’s return, all of Christianity proclaims that “Jesus…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (February 2)

    A La Carte: When your spouse won’t join a solid church / The gospel gives us courage / The beautiful burden of caregiving / At work in his Word / Do I have a hard heart? / Surrendering rights for the sake of the gospel / and more.

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (February 1)

    A La Carte: Vetting kids’ entertainment isn’t a one-and-done / Joni Eareckson Tada’s resilient joy in pain / Honor marriage / How can the church remain faithful in this current cultural climate? / What senior pastors should know about the younger generations / and more.