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Weekend A La Carte (10/19)

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Why You Should Care – Thabiti Anyabwile on Strange Fire: “An honest discussion on this topic entails a number of uncomfortable admissions. And, perhaps it’s our inability or unwillingness to admit these things that hinder our discussion as much as anything else. We feel the stakes but we don’t want to face the stakes. For some people, this conference forces some difficult admissions, admissions we’d be happier not to concede. But, that, too, is reason to care about the issue and engage prayerfully. Consider what’s at stake.”

A Theology of Book Purging – I quite enjoyed this: “A Concise Theology of Voluntary, Principled Book Purging.”

Comfort and Contentment – Darryl Dash wonders about the difference between being comfortable and being contented.

5 Things Students Should Know – Louis Betty is an assistant professor of French at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater who recently wrote an article titled “5 Things You Don’t Have the Guts to Tell Your Students.” It’s worth a read.

Does God Listen to Rap? – I know some of you are fans of Christian rap, so I thought you might enjoy reading the first chapter of this book, which Cruciform Press will release on November 1.

Can I Vent? – “Have you ever asked someone that? Or been asked that? … We weren’t really looking for advice, we were just venting. Venting is not looking for counsel. It’s mostly just complaining.”

Iconic Goals – Here are twelve iconic World Cup goals and the stories behind them.

We complain today that ministers do not know how to preach; but is it not equally true that our congregations do not know how to hear?

—J.I. Packer

  • 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: 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.