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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

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.