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Weekend A La Carte (August 20)

Sometimes there is almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the articles that different Christian writers share through their blogs. Today is one of those days. I trust you’ll enjoy some of the ones I’ve linked to below.

Before you do, please consider pre-ordering Seasons of Sorrow and attending the launch event.

Today’s Kindle deals include some newer and older books.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Concise Guide to the Greatest Letter Ever Written)

Is History History? Identity Politics and Teleologies of the Present

Michael Haykin recommended this article and I’m glad he did. “This trend toward presentism is not confined to historians of the recent past; the entire discipline is lurching in this direction, including a shrinking minority working in premodern fields. If we don’t read the past through the prism of contemporary social justice issues—race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, capitalism—are we doing history that matters?”

Other Billy Graham ‘Rules’? The Modesto Proposal

Speaking of history, I’m thankful David Mathis wrote about this little bit of history. “Ever heard of Elmer Gantry? If not — or if the name only vaguely rings a bell — then you might, like many today, lack an important bit of context for understanding the origins of the so-called ‘Billy Graham Rule.’”

“I Am Unable to Attend”

And sticking with the historical theme, Kim Riddelbarger shares Charles Hodge’s response to an invitation from Pope Pius IX to attend the First Vatican Council.

Christian Employees: They Either Love Jesus Or They’re Obsessed with Sex. Right?

Moving to the present day, Stephen McAlpine says “here’s what really ticks off Christians seeking to live faithful lives in workplaces that are aggressively pushing the Sexular Age onto their employees.”

You’ve Never Heard This (Spiritually) Before

“I’ve seen it happen many times. A new believer is sharing their testimony and when speaking of a moment of breakthrough gospel understanding, they say things like, ‘I had never heard that before.’ ‘That was the first time I heard the gospel.’ ‘No one had previously explained Jesus to me in that way.’ Meanwhile, their longtime believing friend is sitting nearby, with an incredulous look on their face or perhaps a perplexed smile, knowing that that moment was definitely not the first time they had had the gospel presented to them clearly.”

How do I grow in my trust in God when I am struggling to trust Him? (Video)

Sinclair Ferguson offers a helpful answer to those who may question why they are struggling to trust the Lord.

Flashback: 10 Common but Illegitimate Reasons to Divorce

…many people—even Christians—offer reasons to divorce that are not sanctioned by God. Jim Newheiser helpfully outlines a number of these in his book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers. Here are 10 common but illegitimate reasons to divorce.

Endurance in suffering doesn’t grab our attention, but it is a response so important that it will have value that lasts beyond death.

—Ed Welch

  • 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: 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: 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.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.