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Weekend A La Carte (March 9)

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My gratitude goes to New Covenant OPC for sponsoring the blog this week. They are asking for your help as they minister in a unique and uniquely challenging environment.

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How Christians Should Think About IVF-Created Embryos

Joe Carter: “The questions we must address aren’t merely scientific or biological but profoundly theological: What’s the nature of a frozen embryo created through IVF? How should pro-life Christians think about such beings? The answers to these questions aren’t just academic; they hold significant implications for how we view life, dignity, and our responsibilities as followers of Christ.”

When Church Members Are in Secular Therapy

Ed Welch offers guidance for when you learn that church members are in secular therapy. “My goal in this brief article is to consider a specific pastoral question: What is a wise approach to those in your church who see a secular therapist? Since this question is part of a long and winding road, we will make a couple of stops before we arrive at an answer.”

How Not to Be a Grumpy Old Woman

“I’m sure you can probably name a few ‘grumpy old men’ whom you have known, and I can too. But I have also had the privilege of watching many saints who are ahead of me move into old age with humility, kindness, and increasing Christlikeness. Of course, they didn’t just wake up on their seventieth birthdays and suddenly display these traits.”

Two Common Mistakes Christians Make about Government

Robby Lashua: “Dread: terror or apprehension towards something coming in the future. Are you ready to feel some dread? It’s an election year! Don’t stop reading. I want to help you have a biblical perspective on the Christian view of government and how to do good in society as Christ followers.”

How Can I Grow in My Faith?

Jeremy Walker discusses the way Christians grow in their faith.

How to Hear God Speak

Casey explains how and when God speaks and offers some encouragement to make sure we don’t miss it.

Flashback: Keep Your Good Deeds Secret (From Even Yourself)

The simplest private prayer uttered from the depths of a broken and contrite heart is far more precious than the most eloquent public prayer uttered from a heart that is proud. God weighs the heart before the gift or the words.

Truth without love is imperious self-righteousness. Love without truth is cowardly self-indulgence.

—Tim Keller

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte (July 10)

    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.