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Weekend A La Carte (July 25)

As the week comes to a close, I want to remind you of MinistryNetwork by Westminster (this week’s sponsor) and encourage you to check it out.

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and a couple of newer books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Parents: To Join Social Media Is To Witness Death)

Remember, It’s A Privilege!

Here’s a good reminder to pastors as they prepare to take to their pulpits tomorrow. “This weekend as you stand before your church and open the Bible with them, I hope you will be reminded of the awe-inspiring opportunity that God has given you.”

Critical Theory and Christianity (Video)

You may enjoy this conversation with Neil Shenvi and Greg Koukl as they discuss Critical Theory.

40 Years Married

Ed Welch reflects on 40 years of marriage. “Creation is very personal, as are most human works of art. God is the original; creation is in the pattern of the original. Within this expansive self-revelation of God, no created thing captures everything about the Lord, but some things reveal more of him than others. Human beings, created in the image of God, reflect his glory as much as anything in creation can reflect him, which brings me back to marriage.”

Sex Offenders Can Find Hope in Christ But Not Necessarily a Place at Church

This is an interesting article from CT which tells how most believers are convinced that sex offenders belong at church, but not at their church. It describes some of the difficulties and liabilities of welcoming a known offender.

Why Are There Fewer Miracles Today?

Here is Tim Chester’s take on why there are fewer miracles today than at the time of the early New Testament.

Understanding the Roman Catholic ‘state of grace’

As this article says, it’s important to understand that Catholics and Protestants mean something very different when they speak of “grace.”

John Owen’s Ministry to Young Christians

I didn’t know that John Owen had directed so much of his ministry to young Christians. Yet, “Owen spent a great deal of time with teenagers and young adults as the primary focus of his preaching.” He sets a good example there…

Flashback: Four Sources of Discord in Your Church

Every church is at every time in danger. Every church is in danger of disruption and disunity when Christian turns on Christian or Christian turns away from Christian.

I am a servant of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, I serve him by serving others in the particular role or roles to which, in his providential wisdom, he has called me.

—Jerry Bridges

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  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.