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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

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    What God Wants You To Forget

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  • Does God Care How You Cook Your Goat?

    Does God Care How You Cook Your Goat?

    It is one of those biblical commands that has always perplexed me. If it appeared just one time in Scripture I might be tempted to pass it by. But it appears no less than three times, in Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26, and Deuteronomy 14:21. The repetition tells me that God is quite concerned that his…