Skip to content ↓

A La Carte (May 24)


Westminster Books is offering 50% off all Christian Focus titles. Personally, the CF books I treasure most and use with greatest frequency are Nick Needham’s volumes on church history; they are phenomenal and written at just the right level.

The Literal Word Bible app may appeal to you, especially if you’re into Bible study (and/or into the NASB).

Who Owns Your Body?

Andrée Seu Peterson: “Who owns your body? It’s a hot topic today, with actress Alyssa Milano calling for a ‘sex strike’ till legislators agree that women own their own bodies. If you’re a Christian, you know the answer: God owns your body.”

Embracing Our Intellectual Limitations

I have long since learned to embrace (or at least accept) my obvious intellectual limitations, but still found this a helpful challenge. “People should know what they’re good at, what their calling is, and celebrate that they can use their brains to learn more about God’s word, but also not get depressed by the fact that there are people who know more, or that there are limits to what they can learn. We’re not meant to be unlimited; we’re God’s creatures, and we can celebrate that and celebrate the fact that we have an all-powerful, all-knowing saviour.”

Did the Church Decide Which Books Made It into the Bible? (Video)

Michael Kruger explains (and tells about the difference between a thermometer and thermostat) in this video from Ligonier Ministries.

Maringotele, and What She Teaches Little Girls

Here is a story your children might know if they had been raised in a different culture. “As a little girl in the west, the stories you hear are of princesses. Though this trope is being critiqued and perhaps modified, it is still the case that traditionally the girls in these stories are sweet, beautiful, compliant, and often awaiting rescue. They look for the prince in the frog or the Beast and draw these characteristics out of them. What stories do Tanzanian girls hear? What stories are they told?”

The Sexual Revolutionaries Got Sexual Satisfaction All Wrong

This should be no great surprise if you’re paying attention to a) the Bible and b) the fallout of the sexual revolution. “Sexual liberation has all too often brought neither sex nor liberation, and thanks to the work of the IFS, we can respond to felt need with real data. Are you seeking love in this life? The church doors are always open, and while matchmaking isn’t its purpose, the connection to a holy God carries with it connection to his flawed people, and in those connections you can find profound joy.”

We Need Leaders Alert to Dangers from More Than One Direction

Trevin Wax: “My worry today is that evangelical leaders have sharpened their skills in fighting threats to the church that come from only one direction. What’s worse, many evangelicals seem to prefer leaders who will point out the dangers coming from only one direction while never offering a warning or uncovering the blind spots that may originate closer to home.”

When Reason Does Not Suffice: Why Our Culture Still Accepts Abortion

This is well worth reading. “Some people are moved by the force of logic and science. Some others are moved by the obvious charity that Christians show, despite the calumny of our opponents. But most people are not moved. And it behooves us to ask why not. It cannot be that they are bad logicians. It cannot be that they are simply unaware of the charities. It is something else.”

Flashback: The Hardest Sins to Talk About

One of the most difficult things to do is to lovingly confront another person about sin, or—even harder—about what may have been sin. In his excellent book Side by Side, Ed Welch offers some practical counsel on doing this well.

Our obedience is not the grounds of our relationship (with Jesus) but the overflow of it.

—Jared Wilson

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    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.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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…

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    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.

  • 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…

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    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…