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A La Carte (March 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include two excellent books by Joe Thorn, several titles meant specifically for preachers, and more. There’s lots to choose from.

9 Things You Should Know About Neil Gorsuch and Supreme Court Confirmations

Joe Carter rounds them up since “President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, is scheduled to start his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.”

Pastoring Singles

There’s a new edition of the 9Marks Journal available and it’s all about pastoring singles.

Why I Love the Psalms

Robert Godfrey tells why he has such a deep love for the Psalms (which explains his new book Learning to Love the Psalms). I need to read it because I know I don’t love the Psalms as I should.

Rejoice! We Worship a God We Can’t Control

This is a good reminder from Aaron Armstrong.

What to Do When Your Girlfriend Is 70 Times Bigger Than You

This article does not acknowledge a Creator (though, interestingly, it capitalizes Evolution), but still points to some strange and fascinating creatures.

We Can’t Microwave People into Maturity

We all know that maturity takes time, so it’s important that we allow people time to grow. Especially our children.

My Father’s Anger

Samuel James distinguishes between two kinds of anger and applies it to those who affirm or deny substitutionary atonement.

Flashback: To Be Looked Through, Not Looked At

In all areas of life the Christian is to be that set of spectacles that allows people to see something beyond, something better, something greater. The Christian is to point to Christ and do to this he needs to be looked through, not at.

The ironic thing about legalism is that it doesn’t make people work harder, it makes them give up.

—Burk Parsons

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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…