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A La Carte (May 3)


May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

Over at Westminster Books they are offering a deal on the new ESV Teen Study Bible.

The Man with the Longest-Term Vision Wins: 5 Lessons for Christians from the Life of Elon Musk

Reagan considers some lessons from the life of Elon Musk. “When I look at the inspiring, yet ultimately misguided, aspirations of people like Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos I can’t help but wonder at the impact believers might have if we rediscovered the long-term mindset that God intended for us. We ought to have a much longer-term view than anyone. Not because we hope mankind’s salvation will be found in space colonies, but because we know it is found through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Honour the king!

For the first time in most of our lifetimes, many people are having to consider what it means to have a new king crowned and what it might mean to honor him and even to swear allegiance to him. “The command isn’t qualified. God doesn’t say ‘honour the king [when he’s honourable]’. He doesn’t say, ‘honour the king [if you happen to like him]’, or ‘honour the king, [as long as you’re a royalist]’. Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, I can say confidently on the authority of Scripture: it’s God will for us that we honour the king.

The Coronation: Do We Need To Swear An Oath Of Allegiance To King Charles III?

“From a Christian perspective, if you are British there is no need to swear allegiance to the new King because we already owe him our allegiance. The New Testament teaches us that our civic rulers are established by the sovereignty of God, whether they be monarchs, presidents, or Prime Ministers. As British citizens, we were providentially born in this realm at this moment of history (Acts 17v26) and Charles III is our King. Our citizenship of the Kingdom of Heaven does not cancel out our citizenship of this earthly kingdom, although it does relativise the claims that it has on us.”

The Real Threat of TikTok

Chris Explains that the real threat of TikTok might not be exactly what so many think it is.

How Was the Pronunciation of God’s Name Lost?

“It’s important to recognize right up front that we simply do not know with absolute certainty how God’s name was originally pronounced. The common English pronunciation of ‘Yahweh’ is an educated guess, but we’ll never know for sure how it sounded when God spoke it to Moses.”

Pray for Gospel Boldness

“Paul is arguably the greatest theologian who ever lived. He wrote the Scriptures that help us understand our salvation. Not only that, but he was also the greatest missionary who ever lived. He relentlessly proclaimed the gospel all over the Roman Empire, even when it required suffering.” And yet…

Flashback: What a Morning That Will Be!

Precious Lord Jesus! Cause me morning by morning, while upon earth, to awaken with sweet thoughts of you. Let the close of night, and the opening of the day, be with your dear name in my heart, on my thoughts, and on my lips.

We lose nothing worth keeping when we leave behind the body, as a dress not fitted for home, where we are going.

—Alexander Maclaren

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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.

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…