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A La Carte (November 9)


We have returned home and begun our mandatory 14-day quarantine following cross-border travel. Some have asked about a recording of Friday’s on-campus memorial service. You can access that service here: Nicholas Challies Memorial Service. Alternatively, SBTS News wrote a brief summary. We are so thankful for all the ways Boyce College and SBTS supported us through the week. Having returned home, we expect to hold a funeral here in Oakville on November 21.

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This is some wonderful writing. It begins this way: “One September day in the late 1970’s, a family was traveling on a rare and much needed vacation. While stopped at a toll booth, the father leaned out the window, flinging the quarters into the bin. At that precise moment, a sleepy truck driver barreled into multiple vehicles, including this family’s stopped car, which burst into flames.”

David George – from Anxious Runaway to Zealous Pastor

You may enjoy this biographical sketch of David George, a pastor you should know about.

Blessed Are the Unoffendable

“I knew well enough how destructive becoming offended can be. Proverbs 18:19 says, ‘A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city.’ What horrible strength there is in taking up an offense! Offended people can become unassailable. Recalcitrant. Too hard-hearted to hear an appeal. When we are offended, we believe ourselves to have the moral high ground; therefore, we feel justified in making the one who has offended us a villain.”

Nobody Like Him

“‘I have no one like him,’ Paul writes about Timothy. Immediately I’m curious. What set Timothy apart? Left to guess, I’d probably imagine that he was unusually gifted or had personal charisma.”

How to Enjoy Wealth to the Glory of God

Joe Rigney: “Wealth is good, and wealth is dangerous. So says the Bible. But how do we use our wealth to glorify God? First Timothy 6:17–19 is one of the clearest and best passages that addresses our use of wealth…”

The Bereans Had No Bibles

“The picture was often painted for me as one where every Berean was actively searching through their Bibles. The Bereans, in my mind, were like an ultra-devoted group Bible study. Together they opened their Bibles and each of them refused to believe what was taught unless they could collectively flip to a certain page and attach a chapter and a verse to it. There’s only one problem with that image: The Bereans had no Bibles.”

Flashback: Think of the End to Motivate the Action

Though I’ve always come home joyful, I’ve often gone out grumbling. I believe in prayer meetings far more after they’ve ended than before they’ve begun.

The power of all temptation is the prospect that it will make me happier. No one sins out of a sense of duty.

—John Piper

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