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A La Carte (March 8)

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I apologize to the email subscribers who did not receive yesterday’s A La Carte. The fault was mine!

Westminster Books has a special deal on a new book for pastors. Several other titles for pastors are similarly discounted.

(Yesterday on the blog: God’s Grace for Every Family)

5 Qualities We Should Look for in Our Political Leaders

Kevin DeYoung outlines some qualities we should look for (and hope for and wish for) in our political leaders.

Nihilism—in Nazi Germany and Today

Carl Trueman: “We have witnessed amazing technological advances since the 1940s. The transformation of humanity from a given, limited, teleological essence to a potency whose limits and ends are merely technical problems to be overcome is now complete (at least in the cultural imagination). Ironically, human technical brilliance has served to make human beings into nothing of any great significance. We are the only creatures on the planet who are intelligent and intentional enough to have abolished ourselves.”

CityAlight – Jerusalem (Live)

CityAlight is celebrating 10 years since their first single by releasing a previously-unreleased video of what I still think is one of their best songs.

Is My Child Transgender Because of Me?

“One of the great anxieties that parents face is the fear of what our own sins could do to corrupt our kids. It can be a paralyzing anxiety, one that has come up on the podcast in many different forms.” John Piper addresses such a distressed parent in this Ask Pastor John.

Are Leaders Necessarily Readers?

You’ve heard it before, I’m sure: leaders are readers. But is that necessarily the case? Stephen takes a slightly contrarian position here.

Good People Get Good Things

Most people and most religions operate (whether subtly or explicitly) in such a way that good people get good things and bad people get bad things. Sometimes even Christians.

Flashback: Most To Jesus I Surrender (or Maybe Just Some)

Do we really fully surrender to him those things that we love most, or do we effectively bring him what is lame and spotted, what is of little consequence and low on our list of priorities?

We may meet death in confidence and victory only if our hopes are firmly and entirely grounded in His merits on our behalf.

—Guy Prentiss Waters

  • 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…