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A La Carte (June 5)


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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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…