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Weekend A La Carte (June 17)

I begin today with a quote, hopeful that a pastor out there will take up the challenge: “It is a grand thing to preach the gospel! I know there has been a great deal said about the trials and the hardships of the Christian ministry. I wish somebody would write a good, rousing book about the joys of the Christian ministry. Since I entered the profession, I have seen more of the goodness of God than I will be able to celebrate in all eternity.” (De Witt Talmage)

Westminster Books has a deal on a new book that looks excellent.

Today’s Kindle deals include a number of options.

(Yesterday on the blog Seven Biblical Principles for Being the Man God Wants You To Be)

The SBC in the Big Easy: What Happened?

Denny Burk offers a rundown on some of the key moments and decisions from the recent annual meeting of the SBC.

Is Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ a Trans Fable?

Brett McCracken says that “Disney’s new live-action remake of The Little Mermaid—even more than the 1989 original—advocates a message that should give us pause. On one hand, it’s just more of the same for Disney: be true to yourself; follow your heart; don’t let anyone stand in your way; ‘my body, my choice.’ But especially against the backdrop of our current cultural moment, the 2023 Mermaid takes it one step further.”

Our God Will Go Before Us (Lyric Video)

You may enjoy this new song by Keith & Kristyn Getty, Matt Boswell, and Matt Papa.

Dangers in Exposing Cultural Sins

John Piper offers a word of warning to those who seek to expose cultural sins. “A pastor can feel that things are so bad that if he does not linger over the latest grossness of evil, it will look like he’s going soft on sin.”

Hope for the Slowly Sanctified

“Do you ever look at your life and think, ‘This isn’t who I thought I’d be by now?’ Maybe you thought you’d be more faithful, more studied, more patient, more self-controlled, wiser, holier, kinder. Maybe you hoped that after all these years some of those things you really hate about your old self had stayed dead instead of resurrecting a thousand times over.”

Why Should Older Women Teach What is Good? (Titus 2:4)

I always enjoy videos from Bill Mounce in which he looks at some of the good and not-so-good translations choices in English Bibles.

Flashback: It’s All Chocolate

We will experience sweet providence and bitter providence, yet it is all providence, it all flows in some way from the God whose mind is vast, whose heart is kind, whose arm is strong, whose love is true, and whose purpose is good.

I never feel sorry for a Christian old man. Why feel sorry for those upon whom the glories of the eternal world are about to burst?

—De Witt Talmage

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    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 (June 17)

    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.