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A La Carte (April 16)


It’s not much of a day for Kindle deals, but we’ll press on and try again tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Murder Babies)

Pastors Are Special

Jared Wilson: “Now that I’m not a pastor, I have taken seriously one of my ministerial goals in serving pastors and advocating for pastors. To that end, if you’re one of those who thinks pastors whine too much and work too little, I want to share with you some reasons you may not have considered that pastoral work really is different.”

5-star Phonies: Inside the Fake Amazon Review Complex

Reviews matter, but perhaps they aren’t always as trustworthy as we’d like to think. This author “spent two weeks in the underbelly of Amazon’s fake review economy — and emerged questioning our collective trust in the stars.”

450+ Free eBooks at Monergism listed alphabetically by author (sponsored)

Before you purchase more eBooks for your digital library, you may want to first check out who now has published over 450 free eBooks for your Kindle, smart phone or tablet (in multiple formats) There is enough quality biblical literature and theology to last you for many years to come. The eBooks are high quality and each has an actively linked table of contents. The collection includes authors such as Louis Berkhof, J. Gresham Machan, B. B. Warfield. Richard Sibbes, Martin Luther, Augustine, John Newton, John Owen, John Calvin, and many more. There is even instructions how to easily upload an eBook to your Kindle.

How Can I Explain the Gospel?

Vaneetha Rendall Risner provides a creative and clarifying way to explain the gospel.

An Antiracism Glossary – Whiteness

You may have heard the term “whiteness” used in recent discussions related to social justice and racial reconciliation. This is a helpful primer that explains how it is used and how some of those uses ought to concern us. It also proposes more helpful alternatives to convey similar meaning. (See also Denny Burk’s comments.)

A Letter to the Grandparents of My Third Culture Kids

This is a moving reflection on the sacrifices asked of grandparents when their grandchildren grow up on the mission field.

How Many Americans Actually Identify as LGBT?

Most people believe the number is far higher than is actually the case. “A recent Gallup survey found the average American believes 23% of the population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.” Yet the reality is just a fraction of that.

Digital Addiction Getting You Down? Try an Analog Cure

This seems like something we’d all do well to try. “The positive effect of returning to these analog activities is so pronounced that I’ve come to think of this strategy like a magic pill of sorts for curing the low-grade anxiety and existential aimlessness that define our culture of constant connection. This effect seemed particularly powerful for young people who have never known life without an accompanying screen. Like sleep and exercise, this analog cure seems to have few downsides, and its benefits compound.”

Flashback: Bring Her Out and Let Her Be Burned

From a great distance and with the scantest information we can judge another person’s least transgression. Yet we can rack our own hearts and minds and often barely come up with a single way we are anything less than perfect.

Ease and luxury, such as our affluence brings us today, do not make for maturity; hardship and struggle however do.

—J.I. Packer

  • The Way You Walk

    The Way You Walk

    You can tell a lot about people by the way they walk, can’t you? You can tell a lot about their physical health, their emotional state, and perhaps even their spiritual condition. You can often tell at a glance whether they are healthy or ill, joyful or sorrowful, delighting or despondent. Consider a company of…

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    A La Carte (June 7)

    A La Carte: Feminism as critical social theory / Lessons from a Job season / Was the woman at the well married to any of the five men? / Holy haggling / The other D-Day / The problem with livestreams / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 6)

    A La Carte: Toward a Protestant pronatalism / The rise of hyperpleasures / Why only pastors can baptize / Fighting the “respectable” sins of gossip and slander / Can we forgive when the offender doesn’t repent? / 10 questions a Christian man should ask himself before making a marriage proposal / D-day / Kindle deals…

  • The Least of My Childrens Accomplishments

    The Least of My Children’s Accomplishments

    I know what it is to be a father and to take pride in the achievements of my children. I had not been a father for long when I learned that the least of my children’s accomplishments by far outshines the greatest of my own. Their smallest victory generates more delight than my largest and…

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    A La Carte (June 5)

    A La Carte: 3 waves that have shaped evangelical churches (and a 4th on the way) / When is a couple considered married? / A Christian’s practical guide to reproductive technology / Don’t be half a Berean / Wisdom is work / This body is only the seed / Book and Kindle deals / and…

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    A La Carte (June 4)

    A La Carte: The blame game / Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be / A kind invitation and lifelong friendship / Steered into error by those closest to you / Satan as “prince of the air” / Under the eaves / General market books / and more.