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A La Carte (May 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of deals. We will hope for more tomorrow.

What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most

Christianity Today reports on a new study showing the rise of shame over guilt as what people fear the most. The implications for our presentation of the gospel are profound. Thankfully, the gospel addresses shame just as much as it addresses guilt.

Towards a Theology of Place

Dan DeWitt: “Why pray if God knows everything? Why do anything if God is sovereign? I know, I know. Some of you are right now judging me for not more strongly affirming a reformed understanding of sovereignty. To be clear, I do affirm God’s sovereignty. That doesn’t mean I understand it. I don’t pretend to.”

Is Your Church an Institution?

Ray Orlund: To call anything an ‘institution’ today can be its death sentence, including a church. Should we be ashamed of the institutional aspects of our churches?”

Don’t Waste Your Life Following Your Passion

This is very true: “The truth is finding your passion is most often the product a lot of faithful work that is pursued to the glory of God because it is your duty.”

What Is This Thing Called Church?

Darren Carlson, president of Training Leaders International, recently observed, “The greatest problem in missions right now is disagreement over what constitutes a local church.” That’s not a small statement.

Disentangling Privilege

Every day we read about privilege—who has it and who doesn’t. This article engages with the idea in helpful ways.

Can Self-Forgetfulness Make Us Happier?

Randy Alcorn looks at a concept I find very helpful to consider.

Flashback: The Hardest Sins to Talk About

The hardest sins to talk about are those we see someone commit, but we receive no invitation to speak.

Until you see the cross as that which is done by you, you will never appreciate that it is done for you.

—John Stott

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    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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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    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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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.