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A La Carte (May 15)


Today’s Kindle deals are headlined by John MacArthur and Warren Wiersbe, though a couple of other authors are represented as well.

Were the First Christians Socialists?

Kevin DeYoung: “At first glance it can look like the first-century church modeled an early form of socialism. After all, ‘they had everything in common.’ Maybe Marx was just reading his Bible when he argued, ‘From each according to his ability; to each according to his need.’ Isn’t that what’s going on in the early church?”

Evangelicals and the (Complex) Persecution Complex

Samuel James: “Worst of all, ‘Are evangelicals persecuted’ is often asked completely devoid of geographic or socioeconomic context. Without qualifiers, the question really reads, ‘Are the evangelicals you see on TV and read about in magazines persecuted by people like you?’ This fails utterly to take into account how pocketed American life has become, how diverse yet intensely concentrated. “

The Joy of Justification

“The fact that the righteousness which the believer rejoices in is not his own, not only does not diminish his joy, but on the contrary adds to it an element of wonder, a thrill of unexpected and surprising delight.”

Keith & Kristyn are joined by John Piper, Tim Challies, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, D.A. Carson, Joni E. Tada, H.B. Charles, Andrew Peterson, Trip Lee, Jackie Hill Perry, Bob Kauflin, Fernando Ortega, Matt Boswell & 30+ other speakers for a three-day conference on building a Biblical understanding and creative vision for worship in families and churches. Aug. 19 – 21 in Nashville, TN. General registration closes May 23 – register today.

Parenting in the Spiritual Battle

You may enjoy this mother’s reflection on parenting in the spiritual battle.

Jesus, Give Us More Men With High Christian Character

Yes! Please give us more men with high Christian character (and cause us to prefer them over men of mere skill). “Skills are much easier to teach than character is. People can pick up skills relatively quickly, but character isn’t something you just pick up. It’s often forged over a long period of time and over multiple experiences, and it only changes with great and sustained effort. It’s much harder to change your character than it is to learn skills.”

Clean Up Those Forgotten Subscriptions (Video)

So many things now come with monthly subscriptions, that it’s worth tidying them up from time to time. This video explains.

Why Christianity Quit Growing in Korea

“If South Korea were a Disney princess, she would be Cinderella. Oppressed and abused for years by her closest relatives, Japan and China, the country finally broke free in the early 1950s after World War II and the Korean War.” Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra writes about the church in Korea.

Flashback: Do Your Children Play Video Games?

I think gaming is a legitimate hobby for children and adults alike. I also know it’s a very captivating hobby, and so it makes very good sense, it’s very wise parenting to be aware of how much time is dedicated to it.

One way sinners enter the kingdom is by first entering our kitchen. Some will only come to the table of the Lord after first coming to our dinner table.

—Elliot Clark

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    A La Carte: How a wife entrusts her husband to God / Everyone has their own facts now / A better way to look at missions / The secret of contentment / Hospitality—a command for our joy / Are you barely hanging on? / and more.

  • Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    A La Carte (May 22)

    A La Carte: What should we think about paedocommunion? / Ten questions for readers of erotica / You are an influencer / Do you believe your pasture’s green? / Adam poisoned me / Kindle and Logos deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 21)

    A La Carte: A theology of immigration / Christian catholicity in an online age / Violent pornography’s assault on the marriage bed / Heresy that warrants no apology / Franchising church / With each passing moment / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Why Do I Feel Such Profound Loneliness?

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

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    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not