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Weekend A La Carte (September 3)

I have just 3 new Kindle deals to tell you about: Perspectives on the Extent of the Atonement edited by Andy Naselli, The Wages of Spin by Carl Trueman, and Those Who Must Give an Account by John Hammett. Of course there are plenty of others listed there as well.

You Can’t Claim a Promise

Barnabas Piper: “To claim something is to take ownership, to say ‘it’s mine.’ When we lay claim to property we gain certain rights and privileges. Litigants are awarded claims or denied them, claims of monetary value. Promises don’t work like that.”

Ten Words of Advice for Seminarians

Kevin DeYoung offers some counsel for seminarians.

Don’t Buy Extended Warranties

In almost every case they are unnecessary or redundant. In many cases they are a total rip-off.

Friday Quiz

I enjoy The Book Book Company’s little Bible quizzes. This one is all about the number 2.

9 Things You Should Know About Mother Teresa

On Sunday, at a Roman Catholic canonization service in Vatican City, Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint. Joe Carter offers 9 interesting facts about her.

This Day in 1958. 58 years ago today Nancy Leigh DeMoss was born. Happy birthday, Nancy!

Waiting to Die

Michael Patton has been battling an awful illness. “At 43-years-old, I don’t need to be sitting at death’s door, finally defeated by this foreign ailment that came out of left-field. I am walking around with my head down, hands in my pocket, kicking the dust of self-pity. At least I could die with some more dignity. So God, this is who you really are. So God, this is why I went through hell all these years. So God, there is not much purpose to it all.”

Find Your Most Productive Hours

This could be a neat way for creative types to help narrow in on their most productive hours.

Flashback: Inconvenienced by Inconvenience

Let me offer a few reasons that you ought to be willing, eager even, for people to invite themselves into your home.

The Unexpected Sequel: “Trellis & Vine II”

My thanks goes to Matthias Media for sponsoring the blog this week with new of their unexpected sequel: “Trellis & Vine II”

Humility is not an add-on for the super-spiritual; it is for all believers to practice in our daily lives.

—Jerry Bridges

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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…