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A La Carte (April 20)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a few books and bios.

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Maturity Changes Our Desires

Stephen Kneale uses our changing tastes over life as a helpful metaphor for our growing longing for heaven. “What we loved as children we may not care for anymore. What we had no interest in as kids we can’t get enough of now.”

Some Thoughts on Christian Civil Disobedience

There has been a fair bit of talk lately about whether or not this is a time for Christian civil disobedience. “In the midst of this pandemic many Christians are wondering if we’re living in such a time that may require us to be faithful to God at the expense of obeying the law — we’re living in a time where Christians are examining the subject of civil disobedience. That’s because many state governments have put restrictions on public worship, and have enforced those restrictions through the threat of civil punishment. What Christians did with ease only weeks ago is now being discouraged through the laws of the land.”

Loving the Church in Our Songs

Christianity has many songs we can sing now that help express our love for the church (which, of course, reflects Christ’s love for the church).

What Makes It Possible for the Christian to Rejoice in the Midst of Pain and Anxiety?

Here’s a good answer from R.C. Sproul.

The COVID-19 Crisis has Exposed Canada’s Shameful Treatment of the Elderly

Here in Canada, we’ve been hearing terrible accounts of the suffering in long-term care homes, which is giving our country the opportunity to reflect on our treatment of the elderly. (See also: Which Mask Should You Wear?)

Africa’s Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Here is something to keep in mind if and when you pray for the nations.

Identity Politics and the Death of Christian Unity

If you’re trying to get oriented with identity politics, you may enjoy this recent talk from Jonathan Leeman.

Flashback: Fellowship with Godly People

If we are to become conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, we must be in close fellowship with Christ’s people. We depend upon their counsel, their prayers, their zeal, and their example. We depend upon their love.

One of the worst things a couple can do is work to change one another into each other’s likeness. They are to be changed, rather, into Christ’s likeness.

—Stuart Scott

  • 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.

  • Bring Your Skills to the Missions World

    This week the blog is sponsored by TWR, also known as Trans World Radio, and is called to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. Pete and Debbie Lee were living the American dream. The parents of two children, the Lees lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, and were…

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    How Can You Mumble?

    Some of my most meaningful moments of public worship have been in settings where I did not speak the language. I have stood with a congregation in rural Zambia as they’ve clapped and moved and praised the Lord in Bemba, a language that is utterly unknown to me. I’ve sat with a congregation in the…

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    A La Carte (June 3)

    A La Carte: Life doesn’t always turn out like we thought it would / Hope for fallen Christians / AI as theological babel fish / Teenagers and parental hypocrisy / Is there a preferred Bible translation Christians should use? / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.