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A La Carte (May 11)

Westminster Books has a deal on a new book from David Powlison that deals with a subject of universal importance: sanctification.

How the Average Adult Spends Days

Here’s a visualization of how the average adult spends his or her days. We sleep a lot.

How a Pastor Loves His Flock

“The measure of a pastor’s love for God is directly linked to his deliberate care for Christ’s sheep. That’s what the Lord told Peter after Peter affirmed his love for Christ. The Lord said: ‘shepherd my sheep’ (John 21.16). So, how can a pastor love Christ? By loving Christ’s church. How, then, can a pastor love his flock well?” Geoffrey Kirkland answers.

The Case for Free-Range Kids

“America’s worst mom” makes her case for allowing kids some freedom to roam.

What Happens to Babies When They Die? (Video)

Thomas Schreiner gives his answer in this short video from Southern Seminary.

Can I Forgive Someone Who Doesn’t Confess Wronging Me?

John Piper answers. I don’t exactly agree with his take on it, but it’s well worth reading.

Pastoral Bullies

“It was a bad day at church. What was supposed to be a blessed and meaningful worship experience felt like a punch in the gut. What happened? Those in authority were selfish bullies.”

The Particular Importance of Not Being Particularly Important

This may hurt: “If you’re interested in being somebody in your life, think again. Chances are, Jesus is not on board.”

Flashback: A Secret Way to Kick-Start Your Theological Library

It’s no secret that building a quality theological library is a very expensive proposition. But I’ve got a secret to share with you that will help kick-start any theological library: You can build an electronic library of excellent theological journals and magazines without spending a dime.

Some preachers use the Bible as the way a drunk uses a lamppost—more for support than for illumination.

—David Helm

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…