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Weekend A La Carte (5/25)

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Forgive Us These Faults – Much has been said of late about “respectable sins,” to borrow Jerry Bridges’ phrase. Here Tim Keller looks to John Newton and describes a list of sins that we prefer to think are mere “foibles.”

Texas Bible – This is kind of silly and kind of helpful. This Chrome extension replaces all of the Bible’s second-person plurals (i.e. “you”) with your choice of “y’all,” “youse guys” or some other regional way of distinguishing them. More helpfully, it replaces all occurences of The LORD with Yahweh.

When Beavers Were Fish – A little piece of history: “In the 17th century, the Bishop of Quebec approached his superiors in the Church and asked whether his flock would be permitted to eat beaver meat on Fridays during Lent, despite the fact that meat-eating was forbidden.”

The Beauty of Space – Every branch of science is beautiful, astronomy no less than others. This short piece from PBS is well worth watching (though you may find you also want to shout at the people to just acknowledge and praise a Creator!).

Providential Perspective – WORLD: “Homeschooler turned sportswriter Thomas Lake shares stories that are more than chance collections of circumstance.”

Is This Good News? – Michael Horton writes about the pope’s recent statements that so many people found surprising. “There is no way to reconcile the previous councils and papal pronouncements depriving non-Roman Catholics of salvation with the idea of the ‘anonymous Christian.’ Nevertheless, there it is. Not the development of dogma, as Cardinal Newman formulated, but the flat contradiction of dogma.”

It’s Not About the Nail – Funny!

As secret worship is better the more secret it is, so public worship is better the more public it is.

—Matthew Henry

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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.