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A La Carte (March 31)


Grace, mercy and peace to you today.

Logos users, this is the last day to get March’s free and very cheap books.

There are a few books listed in today’s Kindle deals.

When America Put the Bible on Trial

Stephen Nichols writes about the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial. “On July 10, 1925, the eyes of the nation looked upon the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee, as an all-star cast took the stage. Clarence Darrow played the lead for the defense team organized by the American Civil Liberties Union. William Jennings Bryan stepped in to assist the prosecution. There to chronicle it all was H.L. Mencken.”

Christianity Is About Saving Sinners

Kevin DeYoung reminds us that Christianity is about saving sinners. “To be sure, the work of Christ on the cross was multifaceted. In the death of Jesus, we have the conquering of evil, the defeat of Satan, and the example of perfect love. We can talk about more than sin and salvation when we talk about the cross, but we must not talk about less. For there is no good thing accomplished by the cross that was accomplished apart from the satisfaction of divine justice, the expiation of sin, and the propitiation of wrath.”


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Polishing Pennies

Andrea Sanborn: “‘Who is wise and understanding among you?’ James asks. ‘Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.’ Humility doesn’t trend well on social media metrics. But it counts in ways that are most important.”

How to Build Up Your Church

The new issue of the 9Marks Journal is dedicated to building up the local church. There are lots of articles filled with practical instruction.

Why Girls Become Boys (Video)

Abigail Shrier tells briefly why it is that so many girls are attempting to become boys. (I feel like I should add: Let’s see how long it is before the video disappears from YouTube.)

Leading in Prayer

In this article Paul Levy shares some practical instruction from Richard Bewes on leading prayers during the Sunday service. Much of it is really helpful, though I’d say feel free to ignore the bit about keeping prayers ultra-short!

Flashback: A Clean House and a Wasted Life

If you do the things God tells you to do, messes will inevitably follow. But take heart: According to the wisest man who ever lived, these messes are not proof of a wasted life, but of a productive one.

Grieving at the brokenness of this world points beyond to the life to come. If all our desires were satisfied here, why would we want Christ to return and establish his kingdom?

—Betsy Childs Howard

  • 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…