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A La Carte (June 24)

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In this week’s deal from Westminster Books, they’ll send you a free copy of Piper’s Expository Exultation if you buy a copy of the revised edition of The Supremacy of God in Preaching.

Today’s Kindle deals include lots of good material from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Each Man Before the Mob)

The Discipline Of Being Overwhelmed

Yes, indeed. It is sometimes so good to be overwhelmed.

How I Read

Dave Moore explains how he reads books interactively. Speaking personally, I always find it interesting and helpful to learn from other people’s example.

Thoughts on What Secures a Marriage (YouTube)

Greg Koukl offers some of this thoughts on what secures a marriage.

Why Reading Books You Disagree With Helps You Grow

“One of the most devastating effects of the culture wars happening all around us, especially on online platforms like social media, is that we are often told that we need to be protected from the world of ideas or that reading something outside of our own beliefs might lead us down a path of destruction. While this is understandable to some extent, this siloing effect is dangerous to the life of the mind and treats the very concept of understanding our neighbors as a bridge too far.”

The Impact of Saying, “I’m So Busy”

“How many times have you asked someone ‘How are you doing?’ and they respond with ‘Busy!’? In that response, they did not actually answer your caring inquiry and they unknowingly sabotaged their credibility as a leader. Further, in their hurriedness, they potentially hijacked an opportunity to bless. As Christ-following leaders, here’s why I suggest we do well to remove this response from our repertoire… and learn better ways…”

Faith-Sized Requests

Jim Elliff writes about making faith-sized requests of the Lord.

How Do I Know That God Is for Me?

Sinclair Ferguson: “Satan is very insistent about this—indeed, he has been insistent on this question from the beginning. He asked it in the Garden of Eden. In fact, his first recorded words are an assault on God’s gracious character…”

Flashback: This Is Not Your Grandparents’ Church

If it’s not your grandparents’ church it’s not likely to welcome your grandparents, is it? If it’s defined in opposition to what’s dear to them, it’s not likely to make a place for them, is it?

God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty.

—J.R. Miller

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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.