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A La Carte (March 30)

It’s Good Friday today, which is a holiday here in Canada. That means I’ll be on light blogging today, posting just A La Carte and Free Stuff Fridays. I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend!

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books–one meant for women and two meant for a general audience.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books)

When Scripture Feels Dry and Lifeless

What should you do in those times when Scripture feels dry and lifeless? Ed Welch answers.

7 Ways Grief Becomes Sinful

This isn’t the kind of article I’d share with someone who is going through a time of great grief. But it is probably a good thing to reflect on in preparing for grief.

Biblical Theology Will Help You See Jesus in All the Scriptures

This is brief introduction to the beauty and value of biblical theology.

The Good Part — Preparing for Old Age and Death

This is worth reading: “Preparing for old age and death is something that hopefully, Christians begin doing when God saves us. Our battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil will rage against us until our last breath, and so we must continually fight against it whether we are 20 or 80.”

Christian Colleges Are Tangled In Their Own LGBT Policies

This article from NPR discusses some of the challenges coming to Christian colleges as they grapple with battles over LGBT policies. “Conservative Christian colleges, once relatively insulated from the culture war, are increasingly entangled in the same battles over LGBT rights and related social issues that have divided other institutions in America.”

Against Child Missionaries

There is much more that can be said on the subject of child missionaries (whether they are missionaries of Jesus or missionaries of some popular cause), but this is at least a good start. “The reality is that many conservative Christians have a deeply flawed view of their own children. They see them as potential deep cover agents for the kingdom, carrying their unwavering beliefs and values into the nooks and crannies of culture where adults can’t fit. The temptation to think of children as just miniature versions of adults—with all the fortitude and none of the career concern—is overwhelming for many, not least because it often works.”

The Bathsheba Syndrome

This is interesting stuff from David Murray: “The article is not written from a Christian perspective but uses the biblical narrative to describe this syndrome because of people’s familiarity with the story. The main points of the research are…”

Flashback: Can I Ask A Dumb Question?

Have you ever said something dumb—something really, really dumb? Have you ever said something so dumb that you cringe to even allow the memory to crawl back into your mind?

‘Til men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins.

—Thomas Brooks

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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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…