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A La Carte (May 3)


May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

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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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    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…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

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  • 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…