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A La Carte (October 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of great study Bibles along with a couple of other books.

Why the End of Marriage in Eternity Is Good News

John Piper explains why the end of marriage in eternity is actually good news.

God is Not Ashamed of You

“You see, God’s not disgusted with you. He doesn’t wince when you pray. He doesn’t blush when you admit to someone who asks if you believe in him. He’s unashamed of you. He loves you. He’s loved you before he created the world.”

How a Church Can Help or Harm a Newly Adoptive Family

This is some very practical advice for churches when a member adopts a child.

When Did Teen Girls Stop Commonly Getting Married? (Video)

This video tells when exactly it was that teenaged girls stopped getting married.

Clinging to the Crutch

“Some people say, derisively, that Christianity is a crutch. And to that I say Amen. Glory Hallelujah. Give me that crutch. Because I am crippled. More like paralyzed, actually.”

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

An article like this makes me wonder when and if we will ever discover all there is to discover about the human body.

Sanctification — Belonging, not Behaving

“Sanctification is much bigger than simply becoming more like Jesus. As glorious as that is, sanctification is God’s planned cosmic restoration happening before our very eyes.”

Flashback: The Major Life Decision That Put My Theology to the Test

I had to make a decision that would impact my life, my family, and my church. It was grueling and it put my theology to the test.

God, and God alone, can take bloody violence, arrogant injustice, cunning cruelty and bend it all around to serve a redemptive purpose.

—Ray Ortlund

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.