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A La Carte (March 6)

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The Lord be with you and bless you today.

I added some new Kindle deals yesterday and will hope to add some more today.

(Yesterday on the blog: 24 Years of Being a Dad)

John Piper on Profanity, Crude Joking, and Using the Word “Dang”

John Piper: “Christians are called to high standards with the words we speak. On the tongue’s use and misuse of words, four general principles guide us.”

Three Reasons Why the Exclusivity of the Gospel Causes Offense

We all know the exclusivity of the gospel causes offense. This article explains why.

What Does 1 Peter 3:15 Mean?

We are all familiar with these words from 1 Peter: “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” This article asks whether we tend to use those words in the way they were intended.

An Elder Is a Pastor Is an Overseer

Mitch explains why these three words denote the same office, even if they point to some different functions of that office.

Decisive Moments: The Fall of Jerusalem

Wes is beginning a series that promises to be interesting: A look at some of the key events in Christian history over the past 2,000 years.

Be the Church Member You Want Your Church to Have

“Complaining is easy. It doesn’t take much effort to lean into that fleshly disposition of negativity. An unfortunate reality is that this often creeps into the church. Something, or often someone, doesn’t live up to our standard and we are quick to grumble and find fault. The sermon is too long or too short. The music is too loud or too soft. More nefariously though, there is a tendency to level the criticism at brothers and sisters within the church.”

Flashback: When Parents Feel Like We Are Mostly Failing Most of the Time

We still pull our phones out of our pockets a few hundred times a day and still can’t as much as wait in a line or go to the bathroom without bringing it along. Why would our kids be any different?

We are made to rejoice and tremble before God, to love and enjoy him with an intensity that is fitting for him.

—Michael Reeves

  • It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

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    Weekend A La Carte (April 20)

    A La Carte: Living counterculturally during election season / Borrowing a death / The many ministries of godly women / When we lose loved ones and have regrets / Ethnicity and race and the colorblindness question / The case for children’s worship services / and more.

  • The Anxious Generation

    The Great Rewiring of Childhood

    I know I’m getting old and all that, and I’m aware this means that I’ll be tempted to look unfavorably at people who are younger than myself. I know I’ll be tempted to consider what people were like when I was young and to stand in judgment of what people are like today. Yet even…

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    A La Carte (April 19)

    A La Carte: The gateway drug to post-Christian paganism / You and I probably would have been nazis / Be doers of my preference / God can work through anyone and everything / the Bible does not say God is trans / Kindle deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (April 18)

    A La Carte: Good cop bad cop in the home / What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? / The sacrifices of virtual church / A neglected discipleship tool / A NT passage that’s older than the NT / Quite … able to communicate / and more.

  • a One-Talent Christian

    It’s Okay To Be a Two-Talent Christian

    It is for good reason that we have both the concept and the word average. To be average is to be typical, to be—when measured against points of comparison—rather unremarkable. It’s a truism that most of us are, in most ways, average. The average one of us is of average ability, has average looks, will…