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Weekend A La Carte (June 2)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good-quality books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Don’t Leave Jesus Out of Your Marriage)

Paige Patterson Fired by Southwestern, Stripped of Retirement Benefits

“A week after trustees voted to immediately shift Paige Patterson to ‘president emeritus’ at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), the board’s executive committee has stripped the Southern Baptist stalwart of all ‘benefits, rights and privileges.’ In a statement announcing Patterson’s termination, the committee stated today that it had confirmed information regarding reports that he mishandled a sexual abuse allegation while president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS).”

How Jesus’ Death Proved He Was King

“In Christ’s earthly ministry, the Jewish people were expecting him to raise an army like any earthly kind would in order to resuscitate the Davidic kingdom (e.g., John 6:15). This was on their minds when Jesus entered Jerusalem in a royal ‘parousia’ mounted on a donkey.”

What are the Most Common Mistakes New Pastors Make? (Video)

“‘What are the most common mistakes new pastors make?’ Dr. Hershael York answers in Honest Answers”

Words, Labels, and “Sexual Minorities”

You may have heard about the upcoming Revoice Conference coming to Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis at the end of July. The goal of the conference is stated succinctly: ‘Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic Christian tradition.’ The plenary speakers are well-known in the celibate gay identity movement, a movement in which many authors and writers are happy to embrace the self-description ‘gay Christian.’”

Whate’re My God Ordains is Right

Jennifer Weitz writes, “May 10, 2018 was the most beautiful yet painful day of our lives. Our long-awaited daughter, Dayna Euphemia, safely entered into the world and became part of our family. This is our family’s story about the pain, hope, sorrow and joy that have come with the twists and turns in the adventure that is our life – an adventure we’ve learned can’t be scripted.”

Court Oversight of Church Discipline (an Update)

“Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released a very significant decision regarding religious freedom in Canada.”

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior

“There is something tempting about being a cultural warrior. We jump into battle on social media, in our Sunday School lessons, occasionally in our work. Our day seems ripe for war. We hear of wars and rumors of wars. There is no shortage of cultural landmines to step on, or ideological trip-wires to activate. Daily we’re provided with new fronts for the battle. There are many thoughts to contradict and many philosophies to oppose (Col 2:8).”

Flashback: How to Know How Satan Is Tempting You

Satan knows how to custom-craft temptations to fit each one of us.

Satan hates God and hates anyone created in the image of God. He has made a long and intense study of humanity. He knows our strengths and weaknesses. He knows our secret desires. Satan knows how to custom-craft temptations to fit each one of us.

The Bible Is Not About You

I’m grateful to Lifeway for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors play a key role in keeping this site running, so I’m thankful for each and every one of them.

The gospel is where perfectionism goes to die.

—Jaquelle Crowe

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of