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A La Carte (September 6)


You won’t find a better deal than this on Credo Course’s “Introduction to Theology” course. Meanwhile, Westminster Books has a nice sale on books for young children. I did not manage to track down any new Kindle deals for the day.

(Yesterday on the blog: Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, and Milkshake Ducks)

The Seductive Song of Self-Pity

I wish I didn’t identify so closely with this article. “Her voice is soft and melodic; it’s sweet to the ear and soothing to the tired heart. She whispers not during the seasons of joy, but instead during those times of trial. When you’re tired and weary. When the responsibility is great, and when busyness abounds. I feel her scratch my itching ears with her words, saying just what I wish I heard from the people around me. And here’s what she sounds like.”

On Choosing Wisely When to Say No and When to Say Yes

Randy Alcorn has been very helpful to me in this regard. “When we’re asked to do worthless or stupid things, it doesn’t take much wisdom to say no, does it? Especially not when you do one of those things and think, ‘Okay, that was a waste…I’m never doing that again.’ The real problem is all the good things we’re asked to do.”

Most Women Who Had Abortions Were Pressured Into It

This is important. “Defenders of abortion tend to call themselves ‘pro-choice.’ They believe that whether a woman chooses to have the baby or whether she decides to ‘terminate the pregnancy’ should be her choice and no one else’s. Well, what about women who really want to have their baby, but their husbands or boyfriends pressure them into getting an abortion? Where is the ‘choice’ in those cases? Do ‘pro-choicers’ support abortion in those circumstances?”

Everybody Fits In

One fascinating reality of life in Canada is that there are large cities where minorities are the majority (which probably means we need some new terminology!). This article looks at what’s working well and what isn’t.

A Viral Photo Shows the Problems With In Vitro Fertilization

“IVF is an enormously sensitive issue for Christians to discuss, because the availability of IVF makes it possible for couples to conceive who otherwise could not. Telling would-be parents they should not utilize IVF as a last resort to become parents can seem uncaring, unloving, and depriving a husband and wife of something (children) that God considers a blessing (Ps. 127:3). We should not minimize this longing. It is a primal desire given to us by a loving heavenly Father. The longing for children is by nature and by choice.” But…

What is Encouragement?

It’s a word we use and a virtue we should practice. But what is it? “Encouragement is the giving of strength, often for a difficult task.Regardless of what our hearts or Hollywood tell us, no one inherently has the strength needed to do what God calls us to do. We are neither designed nor created to be self-sufficient in the most important tasks of life. Rather, we are designed and created to be vessels ready to receive the strength others can give to us. Everyone you know has very hard work to do.”

Cringing at Church: What It’s Like as an Autistic Person in Your Congregation

This is a helpful look at church through the eyes of an autistic man.

Flashback: The Duty of Introspection

Christian introspection is not merely an opportunity to see sin and shortcomings but also to see blessing. Self-examination is incomplete if it does not rejoice in commands that have been obeyed and sin that has been put to death.

There is no greater state than to get up from your knees knowing that God has forgiven every sin you’ve ever committed.

—R.C. Sproul

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • 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.