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A La Carte (March 26)

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The God of love and peace be with you.

I dug up a nice little list of Kindle deals for today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Does God Care How You Cook Your Goat?)

God Delivers From the Suffering He Ordains

This is a good one from John Piper. “I think we should think this way: If God does not have the power or the wisdom or the right or the love to restrain deadly natural forces or hostile human forces or destructive satanic forces — if he doesn’t have the wherewithal to restrain them from hurting you — on what basis are you going to count on him to give you endurance in sufferings, or to give you relief from the suffering in this life, or to give you final happiness in the age to come?”

The Beautiful Partnership of Family and Church

Casey McCall explains his church’s “Parent-Congregational Prayer Covenant” and then explains “two errors in how families view the church.”

The End of Religious Liberty

Jason G. Duesing: “Are we seeing the end of religious liberty? For Christians in America, we see the complexities of cultural engagement. Articulating the truths of biblical Christianity regarding sexuality and gender alone, brings conflict or worse. So, it is good and right to be concerned and wonder if the end of religious liberty is near.”

On Whales, Menopause, and Thanks to God

“Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘I wonder how many mammals go through menopause?’ I certainly hadn’t—up until last week.” I think some of you will be encouraged by Rebekah’s thoughts.

Ordinary Women, Extravagant Gifts

“As we ponder the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice throughout Holy Week, consider anew how valuable that gift is and worship him in response. Like the woman with the oil and the widow with the pennies, this looks different for each of us.”

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Esther, and the Argument from Silence

Michael Kruger discusses the development of the New Testament canon and the challenges of drawing conclusions from silence in historical texts. It’s more interesting than that description!

Flashback: What Counts as a “Gospel Issue?”

I want to ensure I’m not labeling my pet doctrine a gospel issue simply as a means to prevail in arguments. After all, if everything’s a gospel issue, I guess nothing’s a gospel issue.

The Christian’s heart understands the atonement better than the Christian’s head. It is a difficult doctrine for the brain, but a sweet and simple one to the affections.

—Theodore Cuyler

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    What God Wants You To Forget

    We are never far from reminding God of our credentials, of providing him with a curriculum vitae that lays out all we are, all we have been through, and all we have accomplished for his sake. We are never far from making the subtle turn from grace to merit, from what is freely given to…

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    A La Carte (March 27)

    A La Carte: New music / Millennials and GenZ / Scotland’s new hate crime law / Cate Blanchett, Easter is for you / Why the Reformed pray for revival / What truly happened to Jesus on the cross? / and more.

  • New and Notable Books

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    A La Carte (March 26)

    A La Carte: God delivers from the suffering he ordains / The beautiful partnership of family and church / The end of religious liberty / On whales, menopause, and thanks to God / Ordinary women, extravagant gifts / and more.

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    Does God Care How You Cook Your Goat?

    It is one of those biblical commands that has always perplexed me. If it appeared just one time in Scripture I might be tempted to pass it by. But it appears no less than three times, in Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26, and Deuteronomy 14:21. The repetition tells me that God is quite concerned that his…