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Weekend A La Carte (October 22)

I want to express my appreciation to Reformed Free Publishing Association for sponsoring the blog this week with news of their lovely new book I Belong: Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer 1 for Children.

Our friends at Christianbook.com are having a Bible Sale. It includes ESV Study Bible, The Biggest Story Bible Storybook, ESV Story of Redemption Bible, ESV Prayer Bible, and many more that are discounted up to 80%. If you prefer the CSB, NIV, etc, they’ve also got you covered.

(Yesterday on the blog: Embracing Complementarianism)

The 4 Kinds of Books You (Almost) Never Need to Read

Samuel James: “Nobody wants to read foolishly. There are, however, things you can remember to avoid doing it. Here’s a quick list of four kinds of books that you almost never need to read. As always, remember that these are reliable generalizations, not absolute rules; you may find the rare example of a book in one of these genres that’s actually good.”

Can I trust the CSB, MEV, or NLT? (Video)

Mark Ward’s brief video on these translations is a good one.

Miracle or Providence?

Like Jesse, I sometimes find people inadvertently cheapen providence by speaking too freely of miracles.

5 Effects of Expository Preaching on a Church

Anand Samuel: “To publicly herald God’s Word is an act of worship (2 Tim. 2:15), and a stewardship for which we’ll give an account. Here are five ways expository preaching beautifies Christ’s bride.”

Astray

“Last night my stomach tightened as I pulled Johnny’s red jacket out of the dryer. This is the jacket I described to the police officer. Will I ever be able to look at it the same way again?”

How is God’s sovereignty compatible with man’s responsibility in salvation? (Video)

It takes several of the Ligonier fellows to answer this one.

Flashback: God Gave Me Three Children (and Three Friends)

It is a thrill and a joy to be both a father and a friend, to relate to them as both children and trusted companions. It is a blessing to be loved not just because they have to, but because they want to.

No eye is quicker to see the mercy of God than the eye washed with the tears of repentance.

—Charles Spurgeon

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    A La Carte (June 25)

    A La Carte: Principles for leading an effective meeting / Longing for home with C.S. Lewis and Tyler Childers / The uncategorizable suffering / How (and how not) to wait / Things too marvelous / Eat this, not that / Books on sale / and more.

  • Dirty Feet: Our Filth, His Joy

    This post is sponsored by Burke Care and is written by Cameron Woodall . Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so, he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around…

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    The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

    It was one of those little pieces of information that helped clarify so much in my mind, that described through data what I had seen with my own eyes and experienced in my own ministry. It is a piece of information we all ought to be aware of and one we all ought to consider.…

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    A La Carte (June 24)

    A La Carte: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and God’s beautiful providence / The Psalms’ quiet case for musical diversity / How to criticize your pastor / A new day / Take every thought captive / Sitting on suitcases / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.