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A La Carte (October 18)

It is another good day for Kindle deals. Today we’ve got three from R.C. Sproul, The Doctrines of Grace by James Boice, A Basic Guide to Eschatology by Millard Erickson, and a new one from GLH Publishing (The Kneeling Christian by Albert Richardson) which is half off for the first week. Go!

A Discussion with Her Girls

Jen Oshman uses the ugliness of the election to begin a conversation with her girls. “As we have served with two different organizations on two different continents, we have been required to know deeply the risks all children face around the globe. It’s awkward and horrible that it’s our reality, but it all needs to be said.” (Here’s a follow-up)

9 Things About Margaret Sanger

“This weekend Planned Parenthood celebrated its 100th anniversary, commemorating the day that Margaret Sanger, the organization’s founder, opened the first birth control clinic in America.” Here are 9 things you should know about her.

Lifting Your Soul

What does it mean to lift your soul to God as the psalmist often does? This article answers.

The Halloween-Industrial Complex

Here’s the story behind all those pop-up Halloween stores that have appeared in your neighborhood (and mine) over the past couple of weeks.

The Split Between Stott and Lloyd-Jones

“On Tuesday, October 18, 1966, an event took place that shook British evangelicalism—on the nature of the church and the basis of gospel unity and purity—with reverberations still being felt today.” This article will fill you in.

St. Anthony’s Chapel

Atlas Obscura visits St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh which houses the second largest collection of relics (second only to the Vatican). “Some of the most astounding relics at the chapel include: 22 splinters of the True Cross, a thorn from the Crown of Thorns, a splinter from the table at The Last Supper, the skull of St. Theodore, a tooth from St. Anthony, and pieces of bone from all of the Apostles.”

This Day in 1685. 331 years ago today Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes that had allowed Huguenots (French Protestants) to worship. Thousands of Protestants had to flee France *

Not Every Interesting Detail is Important

This is true and important: Not every interesting detail in a biblical text is important to the sermon.

Comedy Wildlife Photographs

Here they are, the finalists for the 2016 comedy wildlife photograph awards.

Flashback: The Pursuit

Like R.C. Sproul says, “People seek the benefits of God, while all the while fleeing from God himself.” What could be more evil than that?

Young people, you must pray, for your passions are strong, and your wisdom is little.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.