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Weekend A La Carte (September 7)


Today’s Kindle deals include some newer books as well as some classics. There’s a good selection!

Registration has opened for next year’s Together for the Gospel conference in case you’re thinking of going.

(Yesterday on the blog: Parent Love and Grandparent Love)

Faithfulness Is Not Theologically Complicated

Greg Koukl makes the point that “on a host of culturally charged moral and spiritual issues, faithfulness is not theologically complicated. Why, then, are many who claim to be Christians foundering on fundamentals with such regularity? I think there are two reasons.”

Why Pro-Life Christians (and LGBTQ Activists) Should Reject ‘Born This Way’ Ideology

Joe Carter: “A new study highlights why both Christians and LGBTQ activists should reject biological explanations for homosexuality.” There are pretty significant ramifications to this.

The Offensively Ordinary Steps to Godliness

“If you are in Christ, God has placed in your heart a hunger for holiness. Holiness is no longer the cramped closet you thought it was, but rather a garden of pleasures, an echo from heaven, the beauty of Eden rediscovered. You are not content merely to be counted righteous in Christ (glorious as that is); you yearn also to become righteous like Christ. You want to be holy as he is holy.”

The Essence of the Calvinistic Life

Well, in short, “The essence of the Calvinistic life is living in such a way as to glorify God.” So says Sinclair Ferguson.

Pulpit Pointers from Past Preachers

Nathan Busenitz offers “ten reminders for those who preach and teach the Word of God, as confirmed by some of history’s greatest preachers.”

Islandia (Video)

This is a beautiful drone-based view of Iceland.

In Dorian’s Wake

WORLD writes about some of the Christian aid organizations mobilizing in the wake of Dorian.

Flashback: The Curse of a Godly Wife

No husband or father leads because he is worthy of it. No one is adequate to the task. Each one of us falls short in a million ways. Each one of us goes beyond the edge of our abilities every single day. We can’t do it. But we must do it anyway.

We honor the Spirit with our reliance, not with our self-centered know-how.

—Jared Wilson

  • Stop Swiping Start Serving

    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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    A La Carte (May 20)

    A La Carte: What media got wrong about supposed Christian self-immolation / We are walking on holy ground / “His Glory and My Good” / How pop Nietzscheanism masquerades as Christianity / Why a full calendar doesn’t necessarily produce mature church members / Thinking biblically about social justice / John Piper Kindle deals / and…

  • One Measure of Greatness

    One Measure of Greatness

    While all of us ought to see evidence of marked growth in our knowledge of God, our relationship with him, and our obedience to him, none of us ever evolves beyond our need for the ordinary means of grace. We never “level up” to such a degree that we gain access to some hidden extraordinary…

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

    A La Carte: What it takes to survive ministry / The power of prayer / The dog’s game / Why do Christians do bad things? / Does it matter whether seminary education is in-person or online? / Greet one another with a … what? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Reflective)

    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…

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    A La Carte (May 17)

    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.