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A La Carte (September 20)


Blessings to you today.

There are a few Kindle deals that are worth a look.

(Yesterday on the blog: Emerging From Our Trials Unscathed)

The Queen’s Funeral Sermon

“In what has been billed ‘the most watched sermon in history’ the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today spoke at the funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. For those who never preach, and for those of us whose audience figures are drastically more modest, it is easy to be overly-critical about what is said and how it is said on such occasions. This post aims to avoid all such snark, and to reflect appreciatively on the Archbishop’s words, with one small point of clarification.”

2022 Results Now Available: The State of Theology

Ligonier Ministries has released the results of their annual State of Theology survey. As usual, there are some interesting (and concerning) results.

Seek God’s Face Before You Seek His Hand

It’s a good rule this: seek God’s face before you seek his hand.

What Is God’s Highest Calling?

“What is God’s highest calling? No one profession or ministry. God’s highest calling for each person is to surrender themselves to Him for whatever He asks. He has a place and purpose for each of us.”

The American Dream Couldn’t Save My Marriage

I appreciate Habtamu Sisay sharing his account of how the American Dream couldn’t save his marriage.

Why did God prevent Israelites with deformities from approaching the altar?

Sinclair Ferguson takes on a really difficult question here: Why were priests with physical deformities prohibited from offering sacrifices in the Old Testament?

Flashback: It Has To Be Dark Before We Can See

The path to joy does not avoid sorrow, according to Jesus, but leads directly through it. But not just any sorrow will do. Joy comes to those who experience a particular kind of sorrow—a deep remorse over their depraved hearts and defiled hands.

If you cannot worship the Lord in the midst of your responsibilities on Monday, it is not very likely that you were worshiping on Sunday!

—A.W. Tozer

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    The Path to Contentment

    I wonder if you have ever considered that the solution to discontentment almost always seems to be more. If I only had more money I would be content. If I only had more followers, more possessions, more beauty, then at last I would consider myself successful. If only my house was bigger, my influence wider,…

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    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

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    Weekend A La Carte (April 20)

    A La Carte: Living counterculturally during election season / Borrowing a death / The many ministries of godly women / When we lose loved ones and have regrets / Ethnicity and race and the colorblindness question / The case for children’s worship services / and more.

  • The Anxious Generation

    The Great Rewiring of Childhood

    I know I’m getting old and all that, and I’m aware this means that I’ll be tempted to look unfavorably at people who are younger than myself. I know I’ll be tempted to consider what people were like when I was young and to stand in judgment of what people are like today. Yet even…