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A La Carte (September 14)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a series of deals from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Song I Sing in the Darkness)

The Americans Who Don’t Want to Leave Afghanistan

“Every time President Biden or Press Secretary Jen Psaki talk about the American withdrawal from Afghanistan they refer to evacuating Americans ‘who want to leave Afghanistan.’ On the surface it seems like an odd description. Don’t all Americans want to leave Afghanistan? Who actually wants to stay in a place where the Taliban are figuring out what it looks like to rule again?” I think you probably know who wants to stay…

Reductionism: The Disease That Breeds Conflict

Pierce Taylor Hibbs writes about some contemporary conflicts and says, “beneath all that conflict, there’s a disease. It’s what we might call a mental disease: reductionism.”

Getty Music Sing! Conference

Here’s one last reminder that the Getty Sing! conference is continuing today both in-person and online. Those who tune in to the livestream will hear lots of great music, plus speaking from John Lennox, Trip Lee, Paul David Tripp, and others. Register here and use code VIRTUAL10 to save 10% on your registration.

How Do We Discern False Teachers?

John Piper: “Let me give you four biblical ways to assess whether someone is a false teacher. I do this just because the Bible agrees with you that we should be alert to the reality of false teachers, and it gives us tests.”

What Does It Mean to Weep with Those Who Weep?

Kevin DeYoung writes about what it does (and doesn’t) mean to weep with those who weep.

Uniquely Gifted: Overcoming Comparison

“Healthy competition can lead us to work harder and achieve more than we ever thought possible. However, competition’s ugly cousin, comparison, promises to help us achieve more but often leaves us in despair.”

After Death, Life

What hope we have! “There is one truth in the glorious panoply that is the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3) that is particularly special to me. One that stands out as a shining beacon on the darkest of days, one that daily speaks to my heart and revives me in the truth. And it, dear friends, is this: A man walked out of the back of death.”

Flashback: 5 Ways to Ruin a Perfectly Good Dating Relationship

…the wonder of marriage is that a messed up, sinful man actually can marry a messed up, sinful woman and somehow build a beautiful, life-long relationship that shines a spotlight on God and his gospel.

The church … is a hospital in which nobody is completely well, and anyone can relapse at any time.

—J.I. Packer

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…