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A La Carte (January 21)

Grace and peace for you this morning!

Westminster Books is having a special on the new book (or, really, pair of books) by Eileen Reeves.

Today’ s Kindle deals are highlighted by several publications from Crossway on the subject of reason.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Prophesy Grief, Not Grace)

The True blessing of Weariness

“ I like to pair seemingly contradictory words to uncover how these words tend not to contradict one another, but complement one another. ” David Qaoud explains why he sets “ blessing” and “ weariness. ”

A Call for Spirit-Wrought Unity

Nick Batzig is certainly not the only one worried about an evident lack of oneness in the church today. “ There is a right method and a right time to deal with concerns about the errors associated with fellow believers. However , so much of what we see presently is more in keeping with fleshly posturing and a desire to arrogantly claim and justify ourselves in matters of secondary significance. So many of the current divisions we are witnessing among believers aren’t over essential doctrines from the faith once revealed within Scripture. So many of them are rooted in strong opinions about secondary or tertiary convictions– which are far more preferential and incidental than important and foundational. ”

There Are Simply no Shortcuts

I believe you’ ll enjoy this biographical-theological reflection from Kristin.

The Reason For Windows

Seth writes from the context, similar to my own, that is seeing yet another lockdown. “ The idea of lockdowns is to keep our little worlds divided, so that we can’t reveal the virus. The danger of lockdowns is that it keeps our little worlds separated, so that we all can’t share life. If we let them, the lockdowns could shrink our lives down to only ourselves, only our own wishes, only our own needs. ”

An Illustration of Repentance

This particular illustration from Benjamin Shaw helps show why it can be so difficult to repent—to place sin to death and come alive to righteousness.

Does God Still Speak through Dreams?

This article from Jesse Schrock is a promising start to what will be at least the two-part series. “ The answer requires nuance, a full look at scripture, and especially attention to the changes between the Old Agreement and the New. ”

Remember Our Chains

My friend Tim Keesee has written a longform article for Wanting God that reflects on Paul’ s chains. “ This is not a prayer ask for so much as more gospel truth — the iron-hard actuality that the advance of the gospel will meet with opposition. Persecution does not stop its improvement; rather, it is part of it. That’s been clear from the beginning. ”

Flashback: The smoothness of the Christian: Above Reproach

… becoming above reproach does not mean becoming perfect. But it does imply that, when we sin, we confess it and turn from it due to the fact our standard is excellence (Matthew 5: 48).

We must do whatever we can to regard God’s image in even the most broken and twisted lives, whether already created or still in the womb. Even the least of these bears intrinsic dignity and worth. —Michael Beates