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A La Carte (March 9)

Today I was able to track down only a couple of minor Kindle deals. We’ll hope for better things tomorrow.

2017 National Conference Streaming

The Ligonier Ministries National Conference begins today and is being livestreamed. Speakers include R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, Steven Lawson, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, and several others. I’ll be speaking tomorrow evening.

A Failed Abortion Saved My Life

This is quite the story. “Miraculously, when my mother saw me she couldn’t leave me to die. She made a pro-life choice and demanded I receive immediate medical care. I lived because of my mother’s choice—but she’s not the only reason I’m pro-life today.”

Helms Deep: How to Film an Epic Battle (Video)

This video shows how and why the battle of Helms Deep (from The Two Towers) was such a cinematic success.

Suffering is a Doorway, Not a Dead End

At some point we will all suffer for Christ. “In that moment, one of the most helpful things is to remember what is on the other side of that door. Suffering for Christ is not a dead end (though it might feel like it!). Rather, it is always a doorway to greater joy and life. Here are three ways that are so.”

How to Critique Sermons: A List of Diagnostic Questions

These are helpful guidelines for critiquing sermons. To be clear, these are for critiquing the sermon as part of a formal, weekly review process, not for the family to work through on the way home.

Thinking? Conference Toronto 2017

Torontonians may be interested in this conference meant to equip them to communicate the Christian worldview and interact with other worldviews with confidence and clarity.

Yes, You Can Please Your Heavenly Father

Kevin DeYoung: “Over and over, more than a dozen times in the New Testament, we have this motivation. We ought to be generous. We ought to be godly. We ought to love and live a certain way because it pleases God.”

D.A. Carson on American Politics and the Benedict Option

This may be of interest. “How do we walk, careful not to fan the flames of political animosity? If we get embroiled in heated political debates online or even in face-to-face conversations with others, what is the cost on our evangelistic priorities in culture? More generally, perhaps we should ask: Are Christians too deeply embedded in American culture already, as some have recently suggested?”

Flashback: Hobbies to the Glory of God

How should Christians look at hobbies as a way of glorifying God? Is it possible to glorify God by having hobbies that might not have real practical purposes, other than the actual enjoyment of them? Or should our hobbies always be more practical and purposeful?

Christianity is an upside down kingdom. The humble are exalted, mourners are comforted, and losers are keepers.

—Steven Lawson

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    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 16)

    A La Carte: When intrusive thoughts come / How a horse saved orthodoxy / The brevity of life / Bad therapy / Acts of kindness aren’t random / Does John’s Last Supper chronology differ from the other gospels? / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 15)

    A La Carte: My pastor made me wait to enter ministry and I’m grateful / How could a good God… / How should a wife respond to her husband’s bad authority? / Sing your heart out, Christian / Does Jesus’ view of grace offend you? / Preaching the Psalms as a book / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 14)

    A La Carte: When God takes his time / Biblical priorities / God is doing something / Broken pieces / Loosening my grip / Since God’s call is effectual, how can someone be a false convert? / and more.

  • Parents Need to Act Now

    This week the blog is sponsored by Harvest USA. Today, more than ever, parents need to take a proactive approach in preparing their children for a world bombarding them with false messages about sex, gender, and identity. If parents abdicate their God-given responsibility to equip and train their children with a biblical foundation for understanding…

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    A La Carte (May 13)

    A La Carte: Without this, your marriage won’t make it / God moves behind the scenes / Why are there so many denominations? / No suffering is unseen / when self-centeredness sets in / Our skewed view of wealth / Kindle deals / and more.