Skip to content ↓

A La Carte (September 7)


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

There’s a new Bible for young children on sale this week at Westminster Books. There are some other kids’ books discounted as well.

(Yesterday on the blog: The House Seems Large Today)

‘Christian Nation’ Puts the Bible on Trial

Joe Carter writes about that “member of Finland’s parliament [who] faces a second ‘hate speech’ trial over a Twitter post quoting the Bible.”

The Need for Precision When Quoting Scripture

I agree with David Kaywood about the need for precision when quoting Scripture (especially in the context of more scholarly works).

God’s Good Design of the Local Church

“My heart breaks for those who can’t see the beauty of the local church, or the ones who only focus on her flaws. Look at anyone long enough and you will find problems, especially if that’s your goal. No masterpiece is flawless, even God’s church bears the effects of sin … for now.”

Prayer Leaves An Eternal Legacy

Mothers and grandmothers may be especially encouraged by this article from Sylvia.

Tota Scriptura

This is an oldie but a goodie from R.C. Sproul. “The issue that we face in our day is not merely the question of sola Scriptura but also the question of tota Scriptura, which has to do with embracing the whole counsel of God as it is revealed in the entirety of sacred Scripture.”

Should we reject weaponized words?

Aaron writes of the importance of keeping words that have become weaponized (e.g. inerrancy).

Flashback: What Can God Do With Broken Hearts?

Where the world looks to those who are whole and strong, God looks to those who are weak and broken, for his specialty is bringing much from little, beauty from ashes, strength from weakness.

Our grip is that of a two-year-old amid the stormy waves of life. His sure grasp never falters.

—Dane Ortlund

  • The Night Is Far Gone

    The Night Is Far Gone

    There are few things in life more shameful than sleeping when you ought to be working, or slacking off when you ought to be diligent. When your calling is to be active, it is inappropriate and even sinful to remain passive. This is especially true when it comes to contexts that are of the highest…

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (April 15)

    A La Carte: Personal reflections on the 2024 eclipse / New earth books / 7 questions that teens need to answer / Was there really no death before the fall? / How to be humble instead of looking humble / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Exactly the Purpose God Intended

    Exactly the Purpose God Intended

    General revelation serves exactly the purpose God intended for it—it reveals his power and divine nature. But, its message, while important, is insufficient—insufficient by design. Though general revelation tells us about the existence of God, it does not tell us about how to be reconciled to God.

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    Weekend A La Carte (April 13)

    A La Carte: The pain of being single; the love that holds me fast / The Christian response to cultural catastrophe / The reduction of public Bible reading / All Things (a new song) / Why should I go to church? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers, who also sponsored the blog last week with Overflowing Mercies. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by…

  • How Should We Then Die

    How Should We Then Die?

    Euthanasia makes a lot of sense. At least in our culture at this time, it makes intuitive sense that those who are ill without hope for a cure or those who are in pain without likelihood of relief ought to be able to choose to end their own lives. Our culture assumes there are few…