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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

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.