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Weekend A La Carte (February 18)

My gratitude goes to Radius for sponsoring the blog this week to tell you about the upcoming Radius Conference. I’m grateful to each of the sponsors who helps support the blog…

I scrounged up a few new Kindle deals for today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation)

Why we need a Joshua Harris rule

I generally agree with this, but am not certain that even 40 is old enough!

3 Reasons Not to Mention Greek and Hebrew Words in a Sermon

I also generally agree with this. “I’m here to urge you to remember not to say ‘the-Greek-word-here-is’ in your next sermon. And the next one.”

Is the Church Failing at Being the Church?

Kevin DeYoung: “Evangelicals have a long history of self-flagellation. On one level, this is commendable. As Christians we should, of all people, be aware of our sins, repent of our sins, and ask God to help us overcome our sins. And yet, we must be careful lest the virtue of personal humility leads the church at large to believe things that aren’t true, develop responses that aren’t necessary, and set out on paths that aren’t wise.”

Kept

“This is for the one who is feeling wobbly today. Perhaps you have been flattened: cast aside by another, gossiped about, slandered while doing good. Maybe your heart is tired and sore, and life feels like an uphill slog, all cold, dreary rain minus golden sunbeams. Perchance you are the one who has caused much pain, and your cruelty or selfishness seem irreparable.”

A God Above Means Purpose Below

This is worth considering. “We have meaning below because there is a God above. If there were no god above, we would have no meaning below. Trust me, this isn’t just some ‘Sunday School’ idea.”

Should We Try To Control Who Is In Our Lives?

Should we cut people out of our lives who annoy us or are difficult?

Flashback: There Is Only Ever Today

Life is often like a daylily in that each new day opens fresh opportunities to do good to the people around us—opportunities that often wither and fade before the darkness of evening.

The way to conquer sin is not by working hard to change our deeds, but by trusting Jesus to change our desires.

—David Platt

  • The Deconstruction of Christianity

    The Deconstruction of Christianity

    There is nothing new and nothing particularly unusual about apostasy—about people who once professed the Christian faith coming to deny it. From the early church to the present day, we have witnessed a long and sad succession of people walking away from Christianity and often doing so with expressions of anger, animosity, and personal superiority.…

  • Free Stuff Friday – The Timeless Truths Bible (Thomas Nelson Bibles)

    This week Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Thomas Nelson Bibles. They are giving away five copies of the Timeless Truths Bible. About the Timeless Truths Bible: The Christian faith is founded upon unchanging, timeless truth. From the days of the early church until the day of Christ’s return, all of Christianity proclaims that “Jesus…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (February 2)

    A La Carte: When your spouse won’t join a solid church / The gospel gives us courage / The beautiful burden of caregiving / At work in his Word / Do I have a hard heart? / Surrendering rights for the sake of the gospel / and more.

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (February 1)

    A La Carte: Vetting kids’ entertainment isn’t a one-and-done / Joni Eareckson Tada’s resilient joy in pain / Honor marriage / How can the church remain faithful in this current cultural climate? / What senior pastors should know about the younger generations / and more.

  • When God Gives Us a Platform

    When God Gives Us a Platform

    There are many ways we may respond to the sudden onrush of some new pain or the sudden onset of some fresh sorrow. There are many options set before us when health fails and uncertainty draws near, when wealth collapses and bankruptcy looms, when a loved one is taken and we are left alone. There…

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    A La Carte (January 31)

    A La Carte: What are demons and how should we think about them? / It’s time to stop bagging out the “average church member” / Alistair Begg and the loving thing / The internal contradiction in transgender theories / Seeing in color / The sad relief / and more.