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A La Carte (May 22)


Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: If We Could Both Go Together)

Gordon Keddie (1944-2023)

I learned over the weekend that pastor and biblical commentator Gordon Keddie passed away on Friday. Here is a brief announcement from his family. I, for one, have benefited a lot from his many commentaries.

Why Boys Don’t Wrestle Girls

“In my son’s first wrestling tournament, he was dominant. His preparation and good coaching were evident, as he pinned every opponent and won every match — that is, with one exception: a forfeiture.” This dad explains why he wouldn’t allow his son to wrestle a girl.

15 Things About John Calvin You May Not Know

Just like the headline says, here are some things about Calvin you may not have known.

Self-Denial Is More About Looking Up Than Saying “No”

“What does Jesus have in mind when he says ‘deny yourself’? Saying no to treats and disciplining habits isn’t contrary to what God wants, but it isn’t the whole picture either.”

A Straight Edge

Kristin: “I have always preferred reading of people who, by worldly standards, fly a little too close to the sun. Strong, decisive individuals with backbone and grit, those saints who once bent low in genuine humility, surrendering themselves fully to God, rather than man. The Bible was their compass, their measuring rod, their straight edge.”

Three Inspiring Tamil Christians in Indian Church History

I enjoyed reading about these Tamil Christians who played key roles in the history of the church in India.

Flashback: 5 Ways Every Christian Grows

We are an impatient people accustomed to instant gratification. But fruit grows slowly. A fruit tree grows gradually and over many years of careful and deliberate cultivation.

You are faced with the resistance of your children because God is a God of amazing grace. His grace has the power to turn very bad moments into the very good moments. Isn’t this what the cross of Jesus Christ is about?

—Paul David Tripp

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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