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A La Carte (5/19)

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Live Q&A – Here is one to add to today’s calendar. Ligonier is hosting a live Q&A today with Sinclair Ferguson, R.C. Sproul Jr., Robert Godfrey and Steve Lawson. Check in at 2 PM EST to ask your question.

Can Romance Novels Hurt Your Heart? – This is a really good article from Russell Moore. Looking at some new research, he draws parallels between pornography and romance novels.

9 Marks of a Healthy Parachurch – 9 Marks has a lengthy look at the marks of a healthy parachurch ministry.

Visit to Togo – It’s always interesting to read about what Conrad Mbewe is up to. He typically has to end his stories by exclaiming, “Only in Africa!”

Off With His Head – This article at the Chronicle takes a look at the situation involving the head of the IMF. This stood out to me: “On a deep level, we experience the humiliation of the man as a satisfying comeuppance for a super-alpha male who gets to stay regularly in $3,000-a-night hotels, fly first class wherever he goes, and live in a multi-million dollar mansion in Washington, D.C.”

Gentleness – Is gentleness a forgotten virtue? This article reminds us of some of what the Bible says about the virtue of gentleness.

Teaching Children to Pray – Burk Parsons has a two-part article on teaching your children to pray. “God created us as dependent creatures. We were made to fall on our knees and pray. Men either worship self through the world, the flesh, and the Devil, or by God’s grace, they worship him. God fashioned our hearts with an overwhelming sense and insatiable desire to commune with him.”

It is far less important to die the martyr’s death than to live the martyr’s life.

—Robert E. Speer

  • 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?

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  • 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…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.