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A La Carte (11/12)

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Matt Drudge and others have been writing a lot about the TSA’s new search procedures–procedures that seem designed on driving all of us through the full-body scanners (since, if you opt-out, you’ll be subjected to an invasive full-body pat down). I got patted down like this last time I went through security and it really was kind of disturbing–it was far more rough and thorough than any I’d been subjected to before. Like a lot of other travelers, these procedures really do make me think twice about flying. And every time I see the TSA thoroughly patting down a six year-old kid I figure that already the terrorists are starting to win.

A Theology of Workflow – Matt Perman was interviewed by CT on productivity and workflow.

Radical – I appreciated Gary Gilley’s review of David Platt’s bestselling book Radical. I think he does a good job of pointing out its strengths and weaknesses.

Is Holy Hip-Hop Holy? – A lot of people will disagree with David’s take on this, but I think there’s real value in having the discussion. He says “I’m increasingly concerned about the increasing promotion of ‘Gospel Rap’ or ‘Holy Hip Hop’ in New Calvinist circles, even by men whom I admire and esteem very highly in the Lord.”

Win Winslow – The Octavius Winslow Archive is giving away a set of Winslow’s devotional classic Morning & Evening Thoughts.

Encouraging Missionaries This Holiday Season – “To Be A Pilgrim” has some good thoughts on how we can encourage missionaries this holiday season.

Blindness – I enjoyed this short film set to an instrumental version of ‘Nothing But the Blood’ by Page CXVI.

Idleness is the devil’s workshop, but so is busyness if, while we are busy here and there we fail in our main responsibility.

—Vance Havner

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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…