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Weekend A La Carte (April 9)

Common Misconceptions About Calvinism

Cole Brown is beginning a series on some of the most common misconceptions about Calvinism. He begins, of course, with the word itself: Calvinism.

What Is Love?

What is love? This, for sure. What a sweet video.

Why Hospitality Beats Entertaining

Jen Wilkin circles back to her most regrettable social media mistake. “On November 6, 2010 I tweeted the most regrettable tweet of my mediocre social media career. In anticipation of the holiday season, I decided to weigh in on hospitality. The tweet was a flawless blend of selective memory and self-righteousness, designed to heap condemnation on the heads of my followers under the guise of offering wise counsel. It was a verbal “selfie” snapped from my best angle, positioned to make me look very, very good. Let’s have a look at it, shall we?”

The Church’s Law-Grace Throwdown

“A group of 18th-century Scottish churchmen fought bitterly over the right teaching. How we can we avoid veering toward their extremes?” Andrew Wilson reviews Sinclair Ferguson’s book in Christianity Today.

Six Reasons North Carolina Got It Right

Frank Turek tells why North Carolina got it right. Things like this are not at all surprising: “On Monday Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who helped call the special session to pass HB2, called the executive in charge at one large protesting company and simply asked him if he or anyone there had actually read the bill.” Of course, they hadn’t.

3 Reasons Why Religious Liberty Laws Don’t Discriminate

“One of the most ubiquitous phrases is that such bills are a ‘license to discriminate.’ According to this line of thinking, it is invidiously discriminatory if a baker, florist, or photographer declines to use his or her creative talents in service of a same-sex wedding ceremony. This is decidedly not invidious discrimination. Here are three reasons why religious liberty legislation does not protect or allow for invidious discrimination.”

Proof of Evolution That You [Can’t] Find on Your Body

“Anatomist, biologist, and creation scientist Dr. David Menton responds to popular YouTube video ‘Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Body’ (posted by VOX) from a biblical and scientific worldview. Are certain features like goosebumps, of the human body really just left over from our ancestors?”

This Day in 1945. 71 years ago today, the Gestapo killed Dietrich Bonhoeffer by hanging him in Flossenbürg, Germany. *

The Great Battle of 2016 for Dar es Salaam

This is a thoroughly enjoyable bit of writing from Amy Medina.

Q&A with Nabeel Qureshi, author of Answering Jihad

Thanks to Zondervan for sponsoring the blog this week with their Q&A with Nabeel Qureshi.

Sibbes

God can pick sense out of a confused prayer.

—Richard Sibbes

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    While the month of May has already almost fully waned, it has proved to be a good month for Christian book releases. I sorted through the stacks that landed on my desk and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of…

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    A La Carte: How the legal system enabled—and will curtail—the transgender movement / We are all late bloomers / God’s glorious plan to use us all / Be quick to listen, slow to “therapy speak” / The reconsecration of man / Ask Pastor John / and more.

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    A La Carte: Seeking wisdom without training wheels / Zealous polemicists / The actual divisive ones / What is Christian Nationalism? / Are the stories of Jesus borrowed from pagan myths? / As for those rich in books in the present age / and more.

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    Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention given to the ways that pastors may abuse their parishioners. Such attention is appropriate and every pastor ought to prayerfully guard himself against such abusive behaviors. Every church leadership structure ought to build rigorous systems of accountability and follow biblical guidelines in the…

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    A La Carte (May 29)

    A La Carte: A coward’s guide to evangelism / The great dechurching will hurt poor people / The unique experiences of pastors / Three words for Christian parents / Save the world, have a baby / The conquest of Canaan / Kindle and book deals.

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    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.