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A La Carte (November 17)

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There is, once again, a nice little list of Kindle deals to browse through.

(Yesterday on the blog: If God Did It, It Must Be Good. Right?)

Loss

What a stunning piece of writing this is. “Loss. The memory comes back. Distinct. Clear. From 1972. One hot, humid afternoon in Kediri, Indonesia. I’m just arriving at our home. After being away for high school a couple of months. In Jakarta. Standing outside. Reaching for the handle of the screen door. And suddenly a subconscious map surfaces. One I never knew was there. A map of presence. Home and those who belong in it.”

Six “Silver Linings” Amid the Dark Clouds of a Global Pandemic

“COVID-19 has posed innumerable challenges to churches all over the world. It seems that members of many churches will be slow to return to church gatherings—and some may never return at all.” Yet there have been blessings as well, as this pastor in Dubai explains.

10 Things You Should Know about the Sexual Revolution

Carl Trueman outlines 10 things you should know about the sexual revolution. This article complements his excellent new book (which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow), The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.

How the 2020 Presidential Election Helps Us Understand the Formation of the New Testament Canon

Michael Kruger uses the 2020 presidential election as a helpful teaching aid to help us better understand the formation of the New Testament canon.

Decentering Marriage

“As the institution of marriage continues to implode in the West, there seems to be a growing and near-universal apprehension about the social vacuum it is leaving behind. While most conservatives continue to advocate for the good of marriage by pointing to the central role it has played throughout human history in creating healthy and just societies, more and more progressives are searching for a marriage replacement.” Colin Smothers explains why this is both dangerous and impossible.

Social Media Isn’t All Bad!

We spend a lot of time complaining about social media and modern digital technologies, but it’s good to remember that it’s not all bad.

A Tribute to the Life of Jay Adams

You may enjoy this tribute to the life of Jay Adams (who went to be with the Lord a few days ago).

Flashback: Working Up a Spiritual Sweat

…we will never get anywhere spiritually without a conscious divestment of the things that are holding us back. What things are weighing you down? The call to discipline demands that you throw it off.

We are called to conflict with the powers of darkness. But we have a glorious Captain that has gotten, and will give us, the victory over them.

—Anne Dutton

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  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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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.