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A La Carte (June 5)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of this and a bit of that.

Westminster Books has deals in the Bible Speaks Today commentary series—a wonderful resource for personal use or sermon preparation.

Were Early Christian Scribes Untrained Amateurs?

“In the ongoing debates about the reliability of early Christian manuscripts, and whether they have been transmitted with fidelity, it is often claimed that early Christian scribes were amateurs, unprofessional, and some probably couldn’t even read.” Michael Kruger, who has some authority in the area, replies.

It’s the Middle of the Night…

It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to? Lots of people, probably.

David Powlison’s Closing Comments

David Powlison was invited to give the closing comments at the Westminster Graduation Ceremony on May 23, 2019. He was unable to attend personally because he has entered hospice care. But what a wonderful message he prepared on a very relevant subject. (Also notice the recent update which tells us that he is in his final days or hours; do pray for his family.)

‘Songs from the Schemes’ is a collection of testimonies written and performed by believers living in the schemes of Scotland. These are first-hand accounts of God’s grace from ordinary people. “We hope that believers will be encouraged as they hear true stories of God’s grace and we hope that other prisoners, those still lost in bondage to their sin and heading for a lost eternity, would listen and turn in repentance to Jesus Christ.” All purchases go toward church planting efforts in Scotland’s poorest communities with 20schemes.

Can Broad and Narrow Complementarians Coexist in the SBC?

New Testament scholar Tom Schreiner recently took to Twitter to share some of his thoughts on the current debate on complementarianism and egalitarianism. They are well worth reading and Denny Burk helped us by rounding them up into one post.

Building Africa’s City in the Sea (Video)

You may enjoy this video about the city that may soon be the world’s largest.

How to Pray for Your Unborn Child

What a blessing it is for children born to Christian parents to know they’ve been prayed for since before their birth. Here Gloria Furman provides some specific ways to pray.

Virtue Signaling and Historical Presentism

“One of Americans’ favorite pastimes is establishing their moral superiority by denouncing dead people. Every week brings news stories of some politician scoring points, or a university cleansing itself, by removing a name, a monument, or in some other way purifying our historical memory.” Here’s guidance on thinking well.

Flashback: How John MacArthur began (and ended) His 42 Year Journey

MacArthur never sacrifices faithfulness to the text for eloquence in his outline.

We wept when we were born though all around us smiled; so shall we smile when we die while all around us weep.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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…