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A La Carte (May 22)


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Is There Really an “Orthodox” View on Sexuality?

Trevin Wax: “Many denominations in the West have been rocked by controversy over sexuality these days, not because Christians are obsessed with others’ sexual activities, but because so many Christians around the world recognize, instinctively, that the push to change the definition of marriage means much more to the faith than a simple “expansion” of marital blessing. It constitutes a reversion back to long-discarded pagan assumptions about the nature of the body and the purpose of sex. It is the exchange of one moral cosmology for another.”

The Bittersweet Feeling of Not Being Their Sponsor

Aaron Armstrong writes about the “happy sorrow” of sponsoring a child through Compassion all the way until he or she is grown up. “We don’t get to find out what happens next. And that’s more than a little bittersweet. These kids grew up with ours, even if only by paper. They were a long distance extension of our family. So we’re grieving the end of the relationship, even as we’re excited for them.”

How Does God’s Sovereignty Not “Do Violence” to the Will of Man, as the Westminster Confession Says? (Video)

Robert Godfrey provides a brief answer to a complicated question. “Since God sovereignly directs all things, does that mean we don’t have free will? From one of our live Ask Ligonier events, W. Robert Godfrey helps us think through this question and clears up misconceptions about the human will.”

There I Go Again

Here’s a poem you may enjoy.

To Be Found

“‘I know you don’t know where you are, Grandma, but Jesus knows where you are – He’s found you; you’re found in Him.’ ‘Yes,’ she said. Her anxiousness was still there, but there was assurance mixed with it now – I could feel it in her steps. ‘You may not know where you are or even who you are sometimes, Grandma, but God knows.’ What a precious moment we shared, not just as grandmother and granddaughter, but as sisters in Christ. We continued walking up to Grandma’s room, together remembering the rest of Amazing Grace.”

In 1969, Engineers Turned Off the Water of Niagara Falls

Who knew that Niagara Falls had been so altered? “Treating a natural wonder like a faucet may seem alarming. But wonderful though it may be, Niagara Falls is hardly natural. Over the course of the 20th century, the United States and Canada repeatedly cooperated to alter the great cataract.”

The Dawn of Missionary Societies

These missionary societies changed the world! Read about them in this article from Tabletalk.

Flashback: How R.C. Sproul Blessed the Church by Preaching the Curse

In this sermon, we see exactly what made Sproul’s teaching ministry so powerful for so many years. He reminded us of who we are. Even more importantly he reminded us of who God is.

I am a creature, created in the image of God, fully dependent on him and fully accountable to him.

—Jerry Bridges

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  • Leadership

    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.

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    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.