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A La Carte (March 29)

Today’s Kindle deals include couple of good books including one by John MacArthur.

(Yesterday on the blog: God, Don’t Take the Bible From Us!)

Two Lessons from Two Radically Different Funerals

Jordan Standridge writes, “Funerals are a gift from God. I know that sounds crazy, but they are a God-given tool to force us to reflect on the brevity of life, and how finite we are as human beings. I truly do believe that humans should attend as many funerals as possible during their lives, it is that good for your soul. I have the privilege of attending two last Friday, and they could not have been more different from each other.”

What Is the Mercy Seat?

“One of the most important paragraphs in the Bible may very well be Romans 3:21-26. This densely packed paragraph offers a thorough and glorious discussion of justification by faith. Not surprisingly, this paragraph plays a crucial role in the history of doctrine. Martin Luther camped out here.”

It’s Hard To Love My Foster Son

There is a good purpose behind this account of birth, fostering, and parenting.

Are “Altar Calls” a Good Idea? (Video)

“When a Christian minister preaches the gospel, there has to be an invitation. But that invitation is a call to repent and believe—not to physically relocate your body at the end of the service.” Mark Dever answers.

The Irony of Hospitality

“We need to love one another in the body of Christ through words such as, ‘Don’t be a stranger. Come for lunch today, or drop by anytime.’ That expression of kindness can do wonders in the life of a brother or sister. God says hospitality can and should be shown to Christians we already know and love. If you are practicing this currently without grumbling, you should be encouraged to know that God is pleased with your hospitable heart and practice.”

Let’s Ditch the Guilt on Evangelism

“Does everybody need to be Billy Graham? Over the past weeks, as the world has celebrated his life and testimony, it has been easy to question why there aren’t more Billy Grahams in our world today; why aren’t we just a bit more like him? At the end of Matthew we read of Jesus telling us to ‘make disciples of all nations’ (28:19), yet Australian, US and UK census results all show a growing number of people turning away from God.”

Who Crucified Jesus? The Romans, the Jews, You and I, or His Father?

So, who really killed Jesus?

Flashback: What We Lost When We Lost Our Hymnals

Families would often sing together as part of their family worship. It is easy to imagine a family singing “It Is Well With My Soul” after eating dinner together, but almost impossible to imagine them singing, “Oceans.”

The visible church is where you will find Christ’s kingdom on earth, and to disregard the kingdom is to disregard its King.

—Michael Horton

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    A La Carte (February 27)

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