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A La Carte (May 24)

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Good morning from beautiful Albania. I am here to speak at an event for pastors (today and tomorrow) and to participate in a joint worship service (on Sunday). I am very much looking forward to it!

Westminster Books is offering a free micro course for pastors. It’s worth a look!

To Sit in the Threat of Loss

“There is a sanctifying characteristic of foreseen grief. It is that way in which even the threat of loss discolours everything; the way in which foreseen grief seems to threaten not just a joy, but all joys, to undermine not just one aspect of life but the ground on which life is set.”

The World Cannot Be Gender Blind

Trevin Wax: “One of the strange ironies of our times: a significant segment of the left pushes back forcefully against the idea of ‘color blindness’ regarding race but demands what amounts to ‘gender blindness’ regarding sex. We’re supposed to assume racial distinctions are inevitable and enduring in most, if not all, interactions in society, while in debates over marriage, relationships, sports, bathrooms, or medicine, justice demands we ignore or minimize the real and meaningful differences between men and women.”

The Missing Years

Mary Nolte considers a phenomenon we all may experience: missing years. “We were preparing for our daughter’s wedding when she called me one day in a slight panic, ‘Mom, I have no pictures of myself from 2009-2011! What happened?’”

Too Much Times

And just as many have missing years, many also have “too much times.” “Too Much Times are days, weeks, or whole years marked by too many demands, responsibilities, and burdens and not enough internal and external resources to keep all the balls in the air. They often develop in times of sorrow or sickness.”

Finding Freedom in God’s Providence

Ah yes, there is such freedom in both understanding and resting in God’s providence.

The Weighted Vest of Pastoral Ministry

Erik Raymond explains how pastoral ministry can be like wearing a weighted vest.

Flashback: What I Pack In My Spiritual First Aid Kit

As I journey round the world, I know I need to carry a medical first aid kit with me. As I journey through this life, I know I need the spiritual equivalent. It has served me well and, I trust, will continue to as I plod on in this great pilgrimage.

Oh despise not election! therein lies all your hope, that there is a remnant who shall infallibly be saved.

—Thomas Goodwin

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    A La Carte (May 24)

    A La Carte: To sit in the threat of loss / The world cannot be gender blind / The missing years / Too much times / Finding freedom in God’s providence / The weighted vest of pastoral ministry / A micro course for pastors / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 23)

    A La Carte: How a wife entrusts her husband to God / Everyone has their own facts now / A better way to look at missions / The secret of contentment / Hospitality—a command for our joy / Are you barely hanging on? / and more.

  • Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    A La Carte (May 22)

    A La Carte: What should we think about paedocommunion? / Ten questions for readers of erotica / You are an influencer / Do you believe your pasture’s green? / Adam poisoned me / Kindle and Logos deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 21)

    A La Carte: A theology of immigration / Christian catholicity in an online age / Violent pornography’s assault on the marriage bed / Heresy that warrants no apology / Franchising church / With each passing moment / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Why Do I Feel Such Profound Loneliness?

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…