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A La Carte (November 9)


We are one day into the Live it Well conference here in Manila. I’m thankful to have met so many people who read the blog and/or watch the videos. And as I’ve met them and others, it has been a joy to hear how the Lord is at work through his church in the Philippines.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books for November)

Where Is the Word of God?

This is important theology: “Everyone has some sort of ultimate norm to which they appeal, even if they are not aware of it. Some people appeal to reason and logic to adjudicate competing truth claims. Others appeal to sense experience. Still others refer to themselves and their own subjective sense of things. Although there is some truth in each of these approaches, Christians have historically rejected all of them as the ultimate standard for knowledge. Instead, God’s people have universally affirmed that there is only one thing that can legitimately function as the supreme standard: God’s Word. “

Closing the Cultural Gap

I really enjoyed this story of closing the cultural gap.

Reflecting on Love Incarnate

“When love is an action, love is based on merit. When love is a benefit, love is based on feeling.”

Naming Rights to the Church

“He attended worship often. In time, he offered to give the church a very large donation, with one stipulation: that the church bear his name. It would have been the Simon Louis Reformed Presbyterian Church (not his real name).” Oh boy…

Salvation in the Car Seat

This is consistent with our experience: “Car rides are fascinating microcosms for conversations that affect and reinforce our (now) shared faith story as a family. We don’t have it if we don’t turn down the volume or disconnect the DVD player in the back seat. Use the sacred space of a car ride to explore and deepen your family story with the people who matter most. Use the car ride to do you assignment: to invest in your children’s eternity.”

To End All Wars

“Human beings have colossal value. It is why we fight so vigorously for life, and it is why death appalls us. The First World War revealed to modern man what we are capable of achieving when we are resolute. With the Enlightenment and Nietzsche’s declaration of the ‘death of God’ we did not evolve into better people, rather, we invented ways to more effectively wage war. “

Bolshevising Queering Science

This is a fascinating one from Rod Dreher. I’ve been hearing other people make very similar observations.

Flashback: God’s Not Really That Holy, I’m Not Really That Bad

How do you know that the gospel has really gotten you, that it has taken hold of you and begun to permanently transform you?

You may as soon fill a bag with wisdom, a chest with virtue, or a circle with a triangle, as the heart of man with anything here below.

—Thomas Brooks

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.