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A La Carte (May 17)

Persistent Prayer to a Loving Father

“Persistent prayer proves hard for many Christians. We may labor on our knees for years as we pray for our unbelieving child, an empty womb, our spouse to be converted, the friend battling cancer, depression to no longer have a hold, a sin to lose its grip, or the gift of just one good friend.”

The Prayers of One Faithful Lady

I enjoyed this little story from the life and ministry of D.L. Moody.

Why Do Old Books Smell So Good?

This short video explains that distinctive odor.

Absurd Creatures

God sure did create some amazing creatures, like this frogfish. (And some disgusting ones, like this sea snail.)

Why Legalistic Preaching Doesn’t Work

David Prince: “The goal of much preaching in both liberal and conservative churches is to make good people a bit better, but it never works. Legalistic, moralistic preaching exacerbates sin rather than killing it. Consider some of the reasons why.”

This Day in 2005. 11 years ago today, The Gospel Coalition kicked off their first Council Conference. *

From 1970s-Era Academic ‘High Theory’ to Transgender Bathrooms on Campus

There’s an important warning in this historical look at how we got to where we are today.

Mothers, Bathrooms, and the Idol of Feelings

It is so interesting to see how different Christians are processing transgenderism and the new rules surrounding it. I appreciate much of what Abigail says in this article. (See also John Piper: Will You Use Target’s Transgender Bathroom?)

Flashback: 8 Features of the Best Kind of Calvinism

Here are 8 fundamentals for the best kind of Calvinism.

Spurgeon

A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…