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A La Carte (May 15)

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Just a reminder that I am on vacation this week so posting only A La Carte articles. We’ll go back to normal next week.

There are some new Kindle deals to browse through.

Over at Westminster Books you’ll find a Summer Pre-Order sale on lots of upcoming titles.

My Pastor Made Me Wait to Enter Ministry. I’m Grateful.

I am thankful for pastors who are willing to tell people eager to enter ministry either “no” or “not yet.” That’s what Sean Nolan talks about in this article from TGC.

Does Jesus’ View of Grace Offend You? The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard

“Grace is pouring out one’s life, without any hope of something being poured back. Grace is pouring out our time, talents, resources, physical and mental energy, without looking to see what is left. Grace is emptying self, until suffering, even upon those who hate.”

How Could a Good God…

“Some see tragedy in the world and say, ‘How could a good God let that happen?’ Terrible things happen everyday, and trying to understand the sovereignty of God in these moments can be confusing and distressing. But, without dismissing the real struggle that some people have, I want to flip this question on its head for a moment.”

Four Reasons to Preach the Psalms as a Book

Most pastors preach individual Psalms from time to time. This is an argument to preach the Psalms as a book. “Preaching the Psalter as a book might at first seem like a difficult task, but it’s well worth it. Here are four reasons why…”

How Should a Wife Respond to Her Husband’s Bad Authority?

Jonathan Leeman offers some wise counsel and helpful distinctions here.

Sing Your Heart Out, Christian

Blake says “just because we are not great singers doesn’t mean we shouldn’t sing. To the contrary, the Bible tells us explicitly to ‘make a joyful noise to the Lord’ (Ps. 100:1). Joyful doesn’t necessarily mean pretty — but full of joy!”

Flashback: The God Who Knows

It is so often when we are at our weakest that temptations are strongest, when we are most broken that sin promises to make us whole. It is right then that the world entices us, the flesh ensnares us, the devil incites us. Our enemies don’t fight fair. 

If there is a God and he really did make you and the rest of the world, then you don’t get to define him in relation to you; he gets to define you in relation to him.

—Trevin Wax

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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.

  • God Sets the Terms and Conditions

    God Sets the Terms and Conditions

    God initiates his grace in our lives by his Holy Spirit and invites us to cooperate with it as we grow in our relationship with him. But what is that grace meant to accomplish in our lives? And how do we sustain a relationship with a Being we cannot see and with whom we cannot…

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 11)

    A La Carte: You are what you pay attention to / 6 reasons why Christians behave badly / The distortion of vulnerability / I ask God to tell him he is loved / Young men must find their voice / Navigating the crises / and more.