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A La Carte (October 30)

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The Reformation Gave Us a Seat at the Table

Kevin DeYoung: “Among all the critical rediscoveries during the Reformation, it is easy to overlook the importance of recovering the Lord’s Supper as a covenantal meal (not a re-presenting of Christ’s atoning death) with all the elements (bread and cup) distributed to every believer (no longer withholding the cup from the laity).”

He Giveth More Grace

Jamie Brown shared a new melody for a beautiful hymn of encouragement: “Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision / Our God ever yearns His resources to share / Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing / The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.”

No Creed but the Bible

I appreciate John Piper’s handling of the idea that we need no creed but the Bible. (As I’ve published quizzes on matters of doctrine, I’ve been surprised by how many people refuse to treat creeds and confessions with any kind of value or authority.)

Last Words

Ed Welch reflects on last words. “A child would not fully understand, but an adult does: with life’s uncertainty in mind, we are especially careful with our words and relationships.”

This Day in 1536. Thirteen years after Lutheran ministers came to bring spiritual renewal to its people, Denmark adopted Lutheranism as its official state religion. Today more than 80% of Danish people are adherents of the Luthern Church but less than 4% are considered Evangelical. *

The Curator

Baseball (and sports) fans will enjoy The Curator , a short film about a man with a unique job.

Activism, Apathy, or Affliction?

When the laws are changing, God’s people need to be praying (and fasting). “Perhaps we have not seriously enough considered seasons of sincere fasting and prayer among God’s people – days of affliction of the body for the sharpening of the soul.”

Fly Free Forever

“Back in 1981, in an effort to raise some quick funds, American Airlines introduced a $250,000 pass (about $641,000 today) that would allow customers to fly on its airlines for free for the rest of their lives.” It proved to be a terrible and costly mistake.


Eternity will be too short fully to recount His praise. Let us not shorten our joy by neglecting to begin on earth.

—Henry Law

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