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A La Carte (10/27)

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Yesterday the meteorologists around these parts were talking about a “weather bomb.” In the end we didn’t see anything even close to resembling such a phenomenon. I wouldn’t say we’re disappointed, but, well, maybe we are just a little bit. It sounded exciting.

A Detox Review – Here’s a very encouraging review of Sexual Detox. “I highly recommend Sexual Detox to any Christian man. If you’ve personally struggled with porn and you are a married man, I commission you to read Sexual Detox aloud with your wife in the room (after you confess and repent with her about your issues). If you’re a single dude, I commission you to saturate your mind with good Scripture until you fall asleep.”

Corruption – This rather interesting page shows the countries that experience the most corruption. “The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 10 (highly clean) to 0 (highly corrupt). These results indicate a serious corruption problem.”

Digital or Paper Textbooks? – “They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the paths of Hamilton College, a poster-perfect liberal arts school in this upstate village, students are still hauling around bulky, old-fashioned textbooks — and loving it.” Give e-book technology a few years to mature and I wouldn’t be surprised to see digital dominance. But we’re not quite there yet.

The Undistracted WidowThe Undistracted Widow is a book I’m hearing good things about.

I Am Second – Josh Hamilton will soon be playing in the World Series (and may well soon have a MVP award). Here he talks about his life and faith.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXOrKT7SUoY?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&color1=0x2b405b&color2=0x6b8ab6

One of the highest and noblest functions of man’s mind is to listen to God’s Word, and so to read his mind and think his thoughts after him.

—John Stott

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

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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…