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A La Carte (June 21)


Westminster Books discounted has three titles they recommend you read this summer.

If you know Greek or want to, you may enjoy Bill Mounce’s “Greek Word of the Day” videos on YouTube. They are worth the 30-40 second investment.


Let yourself just get lost in this beautiful writing. (Here’s hoping this is someday just one chapter in a much longer book.)

Friend and Counselor

I’ve linked to a few articles about David Powlison, but this short one by Andrée Seu Peterson is among the best. “David Powlison (1949-2019) died of pancreatic cancer on June 7. I knew him. He balanced my checkbook once in his front parlor when I was a widow. I don’t let just anyone balance my checkbook, but he started as a math major at Harvard, so it seemed safe enough.”

Complementarianism? What’s in a Name?

Denny Burk provides context to the term “complementarian.” “Complementarianism was not first and foremost a sociological descriptor or movement. Nor was it describing an ethos or a set of extrabiblical stereotypes. The term emerged as a shorthand to describe the theological vision of The Danvers Statement. So what then is The Danvers Statement?”

Love & Believing the Best

Believing the best is so unnatural but so crucial. “One way that believing the best could be defined is this: erring on the side of believing a favorable reality of another’s actions and attitudes as opposed to suspicion or cynicism, until clear evidence shows otherwise.”

Why God Made Your Mouth

This is one of the most Desiring God articles you’ll ever read, which is precisely why you’ll enjoy reading it. “How shall we cultivate this kind of speech? We know from Jesus that grace will come out of our mouths only if grace is already living in our hearts (Matthew 12:34). But even when grace is doing its work of demolishing, building, and renovating inside us, learning how to package that grace into words often takes practice.”

Why Men Can Speak on Abortion

You’ve probably heard someone say, “No uterus, no opinion” or something similar. This article from Stand to Reason takes that silly notion out of play.

10 Things to Know about What the Bible Teaches on God and Human Government

The Bible has a lot to say about God and human government! Here, in a broad sense, is what it teaches.

Flashback: God Does Not Owe Us a Happy Ending

There is danger in our dedication to happy endings. We may come to believe that God extends his goodness and grace only in those situations that end happily.

Christ calls human beings to humble, but not to stifle, their intellect.

—John Stott

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