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A La Carte (April 12)

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There are some pretty good Kindle deals to take advantage of today.

Westminster Books has a sale on apologetics resources, headlined by a new book by Rebecca McLaughlin.

Happy and Productive

This is a happy story from WORLD magazine. “When Chris Gargiulo finished his 30th year of working at a McDonald’s in this city 37 miles north of Tampa, 60 people attended a celebratory surprise party. Gargiulo ‘was shocked,’ according to Cheryl Stark, a friend from church, but someone else might have been even more surprised: the doctor Gargiulo’s mother, Elizabeth Bridwell, consulted after Chris was born with Down syndrome (DS) in 1960.”

My Children’s Childhood Is Not Like Mine

Seth Lewis reflects on how his children are growing up in a world different from the one he grew up in. “I’m happy for them to use sci-fi tech as they climb the ruins, but I won’t deny I want more for them. I don’t just want them to know history, I want them to know what history means. I don’t just want them to have technology, I want them to know what these things are for.”

The Democratic Electorate on Twitter Is Not the Democratic Electorate in Real Life

I’m linking to this because I think it exposes an issue that goes far deeper than the Democratic Party: Twitter does not reflect reality. It would “be a mistake to assume that outrage on social media means outrage throughout the broader electorate. And it would be a mistake to assume that more moderate Democrats are out of step with the party’s electorate.” The same is true of many issues and squabbles within the Christian world.

You’re Dead, Start Acting Like It

“More than the implications of national politics, or the far more subtle pull of tribal allegiance, everyday gospel living is at stake. If you’re a pastor, the allure of speaking into popular topics with your tribe’s language is ever-present. If you’re a church member, then just making it through the week without feeling like you’ve let Jesus down again haunts your dreams. Both of us need to embrace the loving rebuke.”

Stories of God’s Grace: Meet Brett (Video)

Here’s an encouraging story of God’s grace.

Teaching Our Kids Not to Be Bystanders to Bullying

At least in our area, bullying is now the cardinal sin. Yet it’s still important to equip our children to identify it and to respond to it. “Blake was never a bully. He was the dictionary definition of a bystander, someone who watches and does nothing. Most kids on today’s campuses probably fall into this category. But bystanders hurt others just the same. It’s a sin of omission. They know they should probably do something, but they don’t.”

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

The headline is perhaps a wee bit alarmist, but also true in a way. “Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening. Sometimes, someone is.”

Flashback: Why We Need the Song of Songs

“How are we to straighten out our crooked thinking, find healing for old wounds, and be renewed in our minds when it comes to marriage and sex?”

We are not heard for our many words, but for the cry of our hearts.

—John MacArthur

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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    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 17)

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