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A La Carte (April 1)

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The Lord be with you and bless you today.

Westminster Books has some good evangelistic material on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for March 2022)

What a Tangled Web

Carl Trueman: “It is easy to poke fun at the confusion that ensues when reality is denied in the service of the latest political fads and fakeries. Yet while we laugh at the silliness, we may forget that the real confusion here is not over the political excesses of gender theory and the supine surrender of our leaders in the face of its obfuscations. The deeper issue is the confusion over what constitutes a human person. And that has tragic consequences for the most vulnerable in our society.”

No, I’m Not a Pro: How to Parent our Children’s Souls

I enjoyed this take on parenting. “My children are immortal beings with eternal souls. I would say this takes my breath away, but I don’t want to give the wrong impression. It feels less like witnessing a pretty sunset at the beach and more like standing at the precipice of a mountain. The view is incredible but my sense of helplessness at the top of sheer rock is almost overwhelming. To be entrusted with the care of souls is beautiful and terrifying at the same time. It is a holy task.”

Don’t Let the Culture Train Up Your Children in the Way They Should Go (Article)

I want my kids to understand that there are hard things people are going to say about Christianity. It starts by being explicit about those things. The ideal is that they’ve already heard some of the hardest things they could hear about their faith before they run into them elsewhere. (Sponsored Link)

When Translators Cross the Line

I appreciate what Bill Mounce says here about the ways translations (the NLT in this case) can cross the line into commentary.

The Massive Value of Unpaid Work

“Dan Doriani begins his 2019 book Work with a critical insight: the market economies we live in devalue work that doesn’t pay. This is why, he says, it’s so hard for stay-at-home mothers, retirees and others to feel their work has significance.” There are some interesting observations here about the value of unpaid work.

Does Cryptocurrency Belong in Your Retirement Portfolio?

This article considers whether Bitcoin and/or other cryptocurrencies belong in your retirement portfolio.

Good Old-Fashioned Marked New Testament

Ah yes, let’s not forget or neglect the good old-fashioned marked New Testament.

Flashback: 10 Church Members God Especially Calls Me To Love

Rather than seeing them as people who drive me crazy, I have preferred to see them as people I’m particularly called to love—people who stretch and grow my ability to love.

The backsliding of others cannot seduce the sound Christian.

—William Pinke

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  • Leadership

    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)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and 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.