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A La Carte (September 20)

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There are, once again, a few different Kindle deals to check out. It has been a pretty good week!

(Yesterday on the blog: The Joys (and the Limitations) of Male-Female Friendships)

If We Lose the Meaning of “Justice,” We Lose the Gospel

I really appreciate Amy’s careful distinction between justice and mercy. “Our ability to explain the gospel to people in our culture depends on our culture’s ability to understand the concept of justice. Because of this, over the years I’ve become concerned about a drift in the meaning of the word ‘justice’—even in Christian circles, among respected friends I usually agree with…”

An Intolerable Sound

It’s a poem and, therefore, open to interpretation, but I think you’ll enjoy it!

Seven Bitter Fruits of Sin

Colin Smith: “In this post, we’ll look at the mystery of sin in the life of an unbeliever. What does this secret power look like in the life of your unbelieving friend, relative, or neighbor? This person does not see anything of the splendor of the Christ and does not yet have the life of Christ in his or her soul.”

How Do You Decaffeinate Coffee?

How do you take the caffeine out of a coffee bean? Here’s how…

A Dice Game, a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, and a Delightful Story about Generosity and God’s Providence

I enjoyed this little story. Here’s how Randy Alcorn describes it: “Today’s guest post is by our dear friend Diane Meyer, who tells a great and fun story that really fits with the character of our generous, delightful God. Most giving stories I hear don’t involve a dice game and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. But that’s what makes this one so unique.”

The Horrors and Habitat of Hell

“Scripture teaches that Hell couldn’t be more real and gives great detail about the horrors of this habitat of certain torment.” Here are some of the horrors you may not have seriously considered before.

5 Exercises in Theological Humility

Here are five brief exercises meant to foster theological humility.

Flashback: How To Lose Your Zeal for Christ

Are you zealous for Christ? Do you have a genuine zeal to live for him and to advance his cause in the world? Or have you lost the zeal that once marked you?

Sanctification is like a clumsy, slow walk rather than a light switch that we turn from off to on.

—Ed Welch

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.