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Weekend A La Carte (April 17)

Good morning! May God bless and keep you as you serve him today and worship him tomorrow.

Today’s Kindle deals are largely about the classics.

(Yesterday on the blog: Fierce Wolves Are Coming)

A Theology of Free Speech

I consider Brad Littlejohn one of the most intriguing Christian intellectuals writing today and invariably benefit from his work. In this article at TGC he provides a theology of free speech. “As Christians, we must clearly affirm that freedom of speech can be a great good. But it is an instrumental good, a means to the end of proclaiming truth and encouraging righteousness. It is not an end in itself, as if the mere freedom to open our mouths were sacrosanct.”

There Will Most Assuredly Come A Morning

This is a sad but encouraging read. “Days after his death, we showed up to a church in town to mourn together and to celebrate a life too short but oh so meaningful. We wore our avocado pins because they were Finn’s favorite food. We told stories and gave hugs and we worshiped God because that’s what you do when you have no other answers. You lift your praise to the one who knows what it’s like to lose a son. And you put your hope in that Son’s resurrection.”

Ministry, Personal Limits, and Saying “No”

Ed Welch has offered some helpful thoughts on ministry, personal limits, and a willingness to say “no.”

The Danger of Theological Tribalism

Blake Long warns about the damage we can do to the church through tribalism. “I’m not sure if you’ve seen it, but social media is a cesspool that reeks of tribalism within the Christian church. Though this problem isn’t exclusive to social media, we see the majority of it there.”

How to Know You’ve Become a Pharisee

Randy Alcorn shares a helpful illustration to show when you have become a pharisee.

Is the World Getting Better or Worse? Yes.

Colin Smith: “According to Jesus, evil will grow alongside the good until the return of Christ. We need this wisdom to understand the nature of this world and to sustain a lifetime of ministry.”

An Open Letter to Those Suffering in the Hospital

Kathryn Butler, MD, has written an encouraging open letter to those who are suffering in the hospital.

Flashback: The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible

So what’s the argument for continuing to use a printed Bible? It allows you to leave behind a tangible link to your faith.

Jesus was not just a prophet but the fulfillment of all prophecy.

—Kevin DeYoung

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    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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…