Skip to content ↓

A La Carte (11/2)

A La Carte Collection cover image

I’ve crossed from Canada into the United States a couple of times in the past three weeks. And I tell you, it’s getting tougher and tougher to get across. Last time I got the intense search–full-body pat-down, suitcases searched, bags sniffed for explosives. The funny thing was, this all happened in the Toronto airport but in the part reserved for flights to the US. The people doing all the searching were typically Canadian: “Sorry we have to do this,” they said. “America makes us.”

Pastors’ Wives – Brian Croft has a really useful article on how pastors can collectively care for their wives. “Ironic, isn’t it? The pastors/elders of the church labor so hard to care for the body as a whole that we often neglect those who are arguably most valuable to us and the people of the church…the pastors’ wives. Even though each pastor/elder should be found diligent in caring for his own wife (assumed – 1 Tim. 3), how can the pastors care for the other pastors’ wives in their congregation?”

Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life is this month’s free download from ChristianAudio. You know you want to get it…

Free Wallpaper – You may also want to take a look at this free wallpaper for November.

The New Taylor Swift Album – Michael Krahn points to an interesting review of Taylor Swift’s new album. “This is what Taylor Swift specializes in. The honest communication of the teenage landscape. When she tries to be an adult, she gets confused.”

Supporting a Party that Supports Abortion – Scott Klusendorf answers this question: “Should pastors lovingly challenge church members who actively support a political party that supports elective abortion?”

Learning to Grieve – Drew Buell is working on a series that looks like it will offer lots of good content. It’s called “Learning to Grieve” and is just two articles in so far. “For me the dream / expectation was that of a normal childhood and normal development for my oldest son Micah. Just the other day Amy and I had a meeting with the school to discuss Micah’s needs and after an hour and a half of discussion, evaluations, a little bit of wrangling one thing is absolutely certain in my mind, we have both suffered the loss of a dream / expectation for Micah. Micah’s IEP lists him as having severe difficulties in speech, and several other areas so much so that we are still trying to figure out how we can best help him.”

Be extravagent for God or the devil, but for God’s sake don’t be tepid.

—C.T. Studd

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…