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A La Carte (September 19)


Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of minor deals.

You may be interested in gaining access to a free teaching series by Ligonier Ministries.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for September)

Grace Means Christians Should and Can Live Differently

“Sickly saints that are on the mend give glory to the Doctor and instruct others to go to him. To profess to have found him, and bear no change, is to cast a shadow on the name of Christ and the power of his Spirit.”

Instagram is Supposed to be Friendly

This is a helpful look at some of the problems embedded in Instagram. With our kids (especially daughters) spending so much time with the app, it’s important parents pay attention. Do note there are a couple of swear words in the article, quoted from Instagram messages.

A Sex Offender in the Neighborhood: Some Reminders About Child Safety

“We learned last week that a registered sex offender has moved onto our block. Because of our roles in ministry overseas, my husband and I have been trained in Child Safety multiple times. I was grateful for that background during our discussion. Below are some highlights from our conversation that I hope will serve you well—either by way of reminder or perhaps to help you think through these issues for the first time.”

What Would Happen if Every Human Suddenly Disappeared? (Video)

“Human beings are everywhere. With settlements on every continent, we can be found in the most isolated corners of Earth’s jungles, oceans and tundras. Our impact is so profound, most scientists believe humanity has left a permanent mark on Earth’s geological record. So what would happen if suddenly, every human on Earth disappeared?” It’s an interesting little video.

Truth and Love

Truth + love is a crucial formula. “Those who are God’s children cannot be satisfied to be merely loving or truthful. We must seek to grow more and more like Him so that we come to be both loving and truthful.”

Gen Z and Religion: “It’s All Good”

Maybe things with Gen Z aren’t quite as bad as we have been told. “According to a report in The Conversation online news journal, Gen Z – today’s teen – has a less hostile, more ambivalent approach to religion than perhaps the Dawkins apostles would have wished and predicted by now, after all that money, effort, and nostril-flaring. Turns out Gen Z is not wary of religion at all. Today’s teens are wary of those who are too forceful in their opinions. Don’t go shoving religion down our throats, but don’t lambast it either, it’s all good.”

The Battle Cry of the Reformation and the Surrender of Greek and Hebrew

“Half a millennium after Luther nailed his theses to the door of the great Schlosskirche in Wittenberg, theological seminaries are on a rapid decline. Greek and Hebrew continue to be casualties. Genuine study of the biblical languages is being replaced by ‘Greek/Hebrew appreciation’ courses—a euphemism for anything but deep appreciation, or nothing at all.”

Flashback: Sex Under Law, Sex Under Grace

Any sex outside of God’s good stipulations is sex under the terrible burden of law. But marriage is sex under grace, sex with nothing to prove, sex that is free to flourish without fear of failure.

Even our tears of repentance need to be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

—Jerry Bridges

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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…