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Weekend A La Carte (June 4)

May you know the Lord’s blessings as you serve and worship him this weekend.

There are some great Kindle deals today, including books by Steve Lawson and Gregg Allison.

(Yesterday on the blog: It’s the Air We Breathe)

Showing Up Mattered

“Every Christian who serves sometimes wonders if his or her efforts are having any effect. With some people it’s not obvious that God is working. Am I really helping this person change? Does my faithfulness really matter?” Kraig shares an example of a time when simply showing up mattered.

Welcome to Pride Month, Christian

“If anybody wants to understand what is happening to the public square in America—indeed, if anyone wants to know how America, or at least her ruling class, wishes to understand itself, they need look no further than Pride Month.” Carl Trueman explains why it is so significant an event.

What is the aseity of God?

If you’ve heard the term but haven’t known how to define it, this brief video will be helpful.

The Darkest Deception in the Church

“The worst deception in the church is self-deception on this point: that we believe we’re not self-righteous.” Ouch.

Social Media Shepherds

“There was a time when most things I knew about the Bible came from my pastor, and I learned them while sitting in a pew. These days, not so much.”

A Case for the Longer Ending of Mark

It seems to be generally accepted these days that the final verses of Mark should be treated with suspicion. For that reason, I appreciate this dissenting perspective. It is good to think about these things…

Flashback: Affirming God’s Image

Less than a generation ago, few would have dared suggest that there is no necessary link between biological sex and gender identity. Today, though, it is commonly believed that a person with a female body may actually be a man or a person with a male body may actually be a woman.

Prayer is the antithesis of self-dependence.

—Michael Reeves

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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.

  • 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…