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Weekend A La Carte (April 29)

I’d like to express my gratitude to Radius International for sponsoring the blog this week to tell you about their upcoming conference which you can attend in-person or via livestream. I’m grateful for each and every sponsor!

Westminster Books is offering 50% off new editions of a couple of classic books.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few noteworthy titles.

(Yesterday on the blog: 10 New and Notable Christian Books for April 2023)

A New Christian Authoritarianism?

There is a new issue of the 9Marks Journal available and it deals with nationalism and theonomy. It features quite an extensive list of writers.

Should Men Still Pray with Lifted Hands?

“In 1 Timothy 2:8, we read that Paul exhorted men to pray in church while ‘lifting holy hands.’ What’s the connection between lifted hands and holiness? And what about lifted hands and prayer? Is this practice culturally dated, or is it a relevant one we should adopt today in our corporate church gatherings?” John Piper answers.

Dennis Prager’s Troubling Defense of Pornography

Carl Trueman writes about Dennis Prager’s surprising defense of pornography. “Many aspects of Prager’s comment are disturbing, not least his failure to address the dark nature of the pornography industry itself. But it is also instructive, because it exposes the superficiality of some of what passes for conservative thought today.”

Thankful God Is Not a Stranger

“‘I was so thankful, when this happened, that God was not a stranger to me.’ I don’t remember when or where or from whom I heard this. I don’t recall the context or what the ‘this’ was that happened. But this statement has stayed with me for decades.”


Susan Lafferty writes poetically about God’s sure promises.

The Light and You

“Can you imagine a world without light? A world where you can’t see your hand in front of your face?”

Flashback: Protect Your Church in One Simple Step

Preach. It’s as simple as that one step, that one commitment. The church that remains faithful to God is the church that remains faithful to the Word of God.

Spiritual discernment…distinguishes and separates truth from falsehood, darkness from light, healthy from unhealthy, sound from unsound, and good from evil, based on the Bible’s plumb line.

—Mary Kassian

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    A La Carte: To sit in the threat of loss / The world cannot be gender blind / The missing years / Too much times / Finding freedom in God’s providence / The weighted vest of pastoral ministry / A micro course for pastors / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 23)

    A La Carte: How a wife entrusts her husband to God / Everyone has their own facts now / A better way to look at missions / The secret of contentment / Hospitality—a command for our joy / Are you barely hanging on? / and more.

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    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    A La Carte (May 22)

    A La Carte: What should we think about paedocommunion? / Ten questions for readers of erotica / You are an influencer / Do you believe your pasture’s green? / Adam poisoned me / Kindle and Logos deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 21)

    A La Carte: A theology of immigration / Christian catholicity in an online age / Violent pornography’s assault on the marriage bed / Heresy that warrants no apology / Franchising church / With each passing moment / Kindle deals / and more.