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A La Carte (March 4)

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The Shepherd’s Conference is taking place this week and Christianbook.com has discounts on many of the books they will be featuring there—titles by John MacArthur, Voddie Baucham, Sinclair Ferguson, and so on.

It’s Monday, which means Crossway has a new batch of Kindle deals for you to enjoy.

(Yesterday on the blog: What Is the Best Thing In Life?)

Christians Should Long For Giftedness

“When was the last time you prayed for spiritual gifts?” That’s a good question, isn’t it?

Black Mirror: Talking About Race in 2024

Neil Shenvi reflects on his last few years of writing about race. “During this time, I faced consistent resistance from the woke-sympathetic, who viewed my work as -at best- misguided and -at worst- racist. Then, about a year ago, I noticed an odd change. I began to face pushback not from the woke, but from the anti-woke. I began to see people insisting that I’d changed, that I was now a mushy third-way moderate, woke-adjacent, or even a secret progressive.”

Hey Gen-X! Now That We Have Our Hands on the Ministry Wheel, Here Are Some Do’s and Don’ts.

Stephen McAlpine observes that Gen-Xers are now leading many churches and ministries. “A good friend was commenting over lunch with me the other day that suddenly it seems that the generation that is constantly being passed by when it comes to leadership, the Gen-Xers, is suddenly coming into its own. His generation. My generation.”

Unpacking “No Creed but the Bible”

What does it mean to have no creed but the Bible? And is that really a good thing? Carl Trueman comments here.

7 Blessings Older Saints Offer the Church

Here are just a few of the blessings that older saints can offer the church.

Is It OK for Christians to Grieve?

I trust that most of us know the answer to the question, but the reasoning is as important as the answer itself. “There seems to be the thought that Christians, buoyed up by the strength of the Lord, need not (perhaps ought not) welcome grief—that there is strength in downplaying such distress at life’s difficulties. After all, we are to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds.”

Flashback: 31 Days of Purity: Putting Sin to Death

Though we may fall and lose various skirmishes against sin, because of our union and communion with Christ we have by faith the promise of ultimate victory and final deliverance, which, more than anything else, gives us hope and sustenance in the daily fight against sin.

Character doesn’t just appear out of nowhere; it is the result of God’s refining our lives through tribulation—and, yes, even suffering.

—Sinclair Ferguson

  • What God Wants You To Forget

    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

    New and Notable Christian Books for March 2024

    As you know, I like to do my best to sort through the new Christian books that are released each month to see what stands out as being not only new, but also particularly notable. I received quite a number of new titles in March and narrowed the list down to the ones below. I…

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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.

  • Marriage: A Dance of Beauty and Chaos

    This sponsored post was provided by Burke Care, and written by Jen Arend, which invites you to schedule care today with a certified biblical counselor. As the music swells, she begins her descent down the aisle. All eyes are on her, especially her groom. She is radiant, majestic, and filled with beauty. Her gaze meets his tear-filled…

  • Does God Care How You Cook Your Goat?

    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…