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A La Carte (May 17)

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There are a few Kindle deals for you to take a look at if you are so inclined.

Alabama and Georgia Are Throwing Down the Gauntlet against Roe. Good.

This is so encouraging to see, even if only from across an international border. “We are witnessing the beginnings of an anti-abortion legislative revolution in Red America. Two generations of pro-life activism, persuasion, and argument have yielded pro-life supermajorities in state houses across much of the South and Midwest, and they recognize the fact that we have reached a moment of legal possibility we may never attain again — perhaps not for generations.

Real Discernment Knows When to Be Silent

“To be truly discerning means that you know what battles are worth fighting. True discernment knows which ‘little points’ are actually being attacked by the enemy and what is merely being fanned into flame by misery-induced demonic forces.” Indeed.

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.

Paul Martin on Family Worship

My friend Paul Martin answers some practical questions about family worship/devotions.

Would You Accept More Gospel Hostility If It Also Meant More Gospel Openness?

It’s a great question, isn’t it? “At the very same time there is a growing hostility in the West, many evangelists, churches and student groups on campuses (now there is some genuine hostility right there), report that there’s never been so much interest in the gospel from people who are searching for something, anything, that might provide a sense of purpose . And there’s something exciting about that. And something we should have picked up on earlier, if we’d had our theological antennae dialled up, and if we’d stopped being so busy making ourselves so comfortable.”

Welcome to Church. Want to Take a Selfie?

Now this is a trend we don’t need! “While churches pay more attention to branding, aesthetics, and engagement, particularly in contemporary non-denominational and seeker-sensitive contexts, Christians are caught between the instinct to capture meaningful moments in stylish church settings and caution over leveraging their faith for likes.”

Breaking from Breaking News

“Brothers, we are not called to be news pundits. We are called to heralds and witnesses. Our best service is not commentary on the news of the day. We are not failures if we do not have a ‘hot take’ or ‘worldview analysis’ for each news item. But we are failures if we fail to speak of the good news that transcends our trivial present, and extends to eternity. In that, we can do more than worry and be in sorrow: We can glorify and enjoy our God. Don’t let the breaking news of the day be an excuse to neglect the good news and our neighbor who needs to hear it.”

Flashback: The Whole Christian Life Every Sunday

On Sunday we give believers what they need not just on Sunday but on every other day as well. In this way our services are the training ground, the place where believers are equipped to live the Christian life every day.

One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.

—John Piper

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