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Weekend A La Carte (April 2)

12 Things to Know About the Anti-Christ

“We, in the Calvinistic and Reformed church, have not done justice to the Scripture’s teaching on this matter. We often rightly respond to the ‘Left Behind’ industry with dismay and sarcasm. In so doing, however, we have, perhaps inadvertently failed to sufficiently and soberly grasp Scripture’s teaching on this period of history which will be instrumental in bringing about a catastrophic and irreversible apostasy.”

Making Jesus in Our Own Image

I think you will enjoy this brief, challenging excerpt from an interview with Sinclair Ferguson.

Of Burner Phones and Busy Lives

This is a wise and challenging reflection on modern technologies and the ways they captivate us.

How To Become A Better Theologian

Edmondo Sanganyado had the novel idea of writing a long list of people to ask how to become a better theologian. The results are quite interesting, I think.

I’m a Christian and I Hate Christian Movies

I’m not convinced by the solution offered in this article, but I do think the author does a good job of explaining why Christian movies can be so disappointing.

Tomorrow in 1593. 423 years ago tomorrow, English poet George Herbert was born. *

The Right Kind of Code

Barnabas Piper talks about a recent locker room scandal: “When expressions of friendship and manhood mean covering up the misdeeds of another, especially from the one being wronged, it is neither friendship nor manhood—it is twisted cowardice.”

A Follow-up Response to Professor Keathley’s Erroneous Claims

This article is, to my knowledge, the most recent in a chain of respectful back-and-forth arguments that included my recent entry on Ken Ham and his view of evolution.

The Top 10 Books on Reconciling Divine Sovereignty and Free Will

Thanks to P&R for sponsoring the blog this week with “The Top 10 Books on Reconciling Divine Sovereignty and Free Will.”

Sibbes

There is never a holy sigh, never a tear we shed, which is lost.

—Richard Sibbes

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 17)

    A La Carte: Think you’re immune to adultery? / One of the most hopeful reminders about sanctification / What do we do with dreams and visions? / Have you ever asked your church elders to visit and pray for you? / The neurodivergent believer / Preaching advice for busy pastors / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…