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Weekend A La Carte (July 22)

My thanks goes to Reformation Heritage Books for sponsoring the blog this week. Their book Taming the Fingers is an important one for our times!

Today’s Kindle deals include several newer books and a few older ones as well.

(Yesterday on the blog: Missionary, Explorer, Abolitionist)

How Were the Books of the Bible “Chosen”?

As you may surmise from the quotation marks around the world “chosen,” that this doesn’t exactly describe what happened. “This particular framing of the question has a number of built-in assumptions that need to be recognized.”

Have We Misunderstood Paul on Homosexuality?

Wes Bredenhof shows how Mike Wittmer answers that question is in his excellent new book.

21 Ways God Is Sovereign Over the Environment

“It’s amazing how much time and energy is spent thinking and talking about environmental issues today. Sadly, most of it is done without any reference to God, who controls every aspect of it. Whether rain or snow, cold or heat, wind or stagnant air, the Lord is the one who continues to uphold it by the mighty power of His Son.” Paul Tautges explains.

Credo Magazine

There is a new issue of Credo magazine available to read. It’s free for the taking. “In this issue of Credo, contributors show that natural theology is a practice supported by Scripture and exemplified by the Reformed tradition, a tradition indebted to great thinkers like Augustine and Aquinas. With the Psalmist, readers can say with confidence, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.’”

Why we do not evangelise

Chopo Mwanza offers some thoughts on why we don’t evangelize.

Standing Strong in Affliction

“I have experienced seasons I thought would be the most uncomplicated or joyful of my life, but instead, they brought afflictions, problems, illness, or conflict. Some of those challenges even threatened my spiritual health and vitality. I did not bear much fruit in those seasons. And many of the issues seemed to come out of nowhere.“

Flashback: The Touch

As his fingers brushed against their bodies, they would be made whole—bones would be knit back together, ligaments would be strengthened, eyes would be opened, ears would be unstopped.

Every exposition of Scripture is an extended personal counseling session in which the Holy Spirit shows us the wonder and power of the gospel and also exposes the secrets of our hearts.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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…