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Weekend A La Carte (October 21)

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Do I Have to Call Myself a Calvinist? (Video)

Dr. Thomas Schreiner answers “Do I have to call myself a Calvinist?”

4 Myths that Keep College Students from Joining a Church

Just like the title says, here are four myths that keep college students from joining a church.

The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans

The machines are taking over!


Beautiful Eulogy has a new album out, and, like all their music, it’s absolutely free.

Timothy George Lectures on the Reformation

Justin Taylor lists some recommended church history lectures.

The Beauty of Normal Boring Liturgy

“Our weekly routine of liturgy has at its centre the most astonishing claim in the universe, that God’s Son came to the world incarnate, lived the life we should have lived, died the death we should have died, was raised for our justification, ascended, rules, and will one day return to renew the creation and complete the work of glory within his people that his Spirit has begun.”

The Battle Between Baseball and Cricket for American Sporting Supremacy

In early summer 1859, St. George’s Cricket Club found itself at an existential crossroads. Established in 1838, the Manhattan-based organization had for decades worked assiduously to, in the words of an 1859 club pamphlet, ‘see Cricket more generally established, better understood, and more regularly practiced’ in America. In this quest, the club had initially benefited from its sport’s old-world cachet. Cricket offered American sportsmen a uniform and replicable product. Conversely, its chief competitor—’Base Ball’—had until recently remained provincial and largely underdeveloped.”

Flashback: Why the Local Church Really Matters

As we prepare to worship God tomorrow, it may do us good to pause for just a few moments to consider the local church. What is the church? Why has God called us into these little communities? Does the local church really matter?

How To Talk To Your Kids About Human Dignity

My thanks goes to ERLC for sponsoring the blog this week.

A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself. But a spiritual man is easy on others but hard on himself.

—A.W. Tozer

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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…