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A La Carte (September 11)


You may enjoy “No Other Work,” a new EP of hymns from Redemption Hill Music that’s available for free through the usual channels.

The Poker Table

This is a wonderful piece of writing from Barry York. “The table sat in the back corner of my parents’ large family room, surrounded by the paneled walls and sitting on the shag carpet so prevalent in the seventies. Seated on a wood base, the octagonal top had a vinyl pad with felt underneath to protect the wood. Four low-set wooden chairs, with oatmeal colored padded backs and seats for cushion, were set on caster wheels that did not function all that well on the shag. Though occasionally we used the table for a game or snack, its greatest use seemed to be for Dad’s poker games.”

Tying Up Truth with Threadbare Ribbons

It’s always a joy to read Lore’s articles. “I lament the shift that happened in my life that catapulted me prematurely into places I didn’t belong. There were far more faithful, stalwart, and mature believers around me who had been tested and proven in a way I hadn’t. I had good ideas and a swift pen. I had a quick mind and a slow tongue. I had ready hands and no depth behind them. Maybe that’s all excessive, I am not given to seeing myself in fully honest ways. I think I meant well, truly thought I was doing good and right, was surprised to see so much affirmation poured on me. I didn’t mean to get ahead. I just did. I was very much the same person as before, still writing voraciously, but now that writing was being seen where before it had only been practiced.”

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

As you might expect, there are some incredible photos in this collection from London’s Natural History Museum.

He Must Increase; Our Churches Must Decrease

Jared Wilson: “See, nobody ever said, ‘We changed our music style and revival broke out.’ Nobody ever said, ‘We moved from Sunday School classes to small groups and the glory of God came down.’ Nobody ever said, ‘You would not believe the repenting unto holiness that happened when our pastor started preaching shorter sermons.’ No, all those things and more can be good things. Done for the right reasons, those can be very good moves to make, but the glory of God is best heard in the proclaimed gospel of Jesus Christ. So that’s where the glory-aimed church is going to camp out.”

The BBC: 100 Genders, 92 League Teams

Stephen McAlpine exposes some of the utter insanity unfold in the culture around us. “I’m tempted to just get out the popcorn and sit and watch the train-wreck, but it’s too sad for that. It’s just a sign of the cultural/intellectual suicide we’re seeing in a society that has no base other than the individuated self. The bodies – whatever gender they deem themselves to be – will start to wash up on our cultural shores at some stage. I just hope there are enough people willing to care for these broken, confused souls.”

Why Snails Kill 200 000 People Every Year (Video)

Snails are the second deadliest creature in the world.

Leadership Lessons from Chick-fil-A

Here, courtesy of an interview with TGC, are some valuable leadership lessons from Chick-fil-A.

Flashback: Have You Committed The Unpardonable Sin?

Have you ever wondered if you have committed that one unpardonable sin the Bible talks about? A lot of people spend a lot of time really concerned about this, so it may do them good to listen in as I talk about why I think it’s unlikely they have committed it.

Our prayers may be an index of how small and self-centred our world is.

—D.A. Carson

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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 11)

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    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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    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.