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A La Carte (6/17)

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Matthias Media has a surplus of their rather excellent Two Ways to Live booklets. You can help them clear their warehouse by buying a box or two. They are selling the boxes, which include 720 copies of the booklet, for $180 which is half the usual cost. Plus you get free shipping. The deal won’t last long, so stock up and give them away!

$5 Friday – Ligonier Ministries has The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment and a lot of other books and resources for sale at just $5, today only. Use the coupon code CHALLIES10 and you’ll get 10% off your order. That makes it $4.50 Fridays which is a pretty amazing deal.

Motherhood as a Mission Field – Some good thoughts from the Desiring God blog. “The closer you get to home, the less intriguing the work of sacrifice seems. As someone once said, ‘Everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to help Mom with the dishes.’”

Rise O Buried Lord – I’ve been enjoying this new album full of old hymns (and some newer takes on old hymns). “This albums tells the story of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life, known as Holy Week, through a collection of re-imagined hymns.”

Morality for the Internet Age – “‘Yes, there is a lack of dignity in what has happened to [Congressman Anthony] Weiner—but only because what was meant to be private became public.’ That’s from Andrew Sullivan, the Daily Dish, who is attempting to curb our reaction against online activity that many of us, not only Christians, would call sin. Sullivan wants to us to believe such behavior is actually ‘a vital part of the human experience that we call ‘play.””

Ghost Ships – I think I can link to these photos of a ship graveyard without endorsing the shadowy activities that allowed the photos to be taken…

Drinking Too Much Coffee – I’d better be careful now that I’ve developed a taste for coffee.

Bizarre Beards – This has no redeeming value, other than the value of laughing at some pretty zany facial hair.

Did God not sometimes withhold in mercy what we ask, we should be ruined at our own request.

—Hannah More

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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…