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A La Carte (April 22)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you on this fine day.

Shepherds Please Think, “Protect Well.” Please Stop Saying, “Suffer Well.”

Bob Kellemen explains by way of personal example why it’s so important for Christians to think about protecting those who are suffering (rather than simply telling them to suffer well).

When Good Things Spiritually Harm Our Kids

“We worry about so many things when it comes to this world we’re raising kids in. But the truth is that the things we consider the most positive activities in our kids’ lives are the very things that are most likely to draw them away from Christ. It all starts with the example that we set.”

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A Very Detailed View Of A Crater On The Planet Mars

What a beautiful, haunting view of Mars. It’s incredible to think that we have explored just the tiniest sliver of God’s creation.

Why Christians Should (and Shouldn’t) Care About Religious Freedom

“There are two related ways in which Christians can ascribe a higher importance to religious freedom than they ought: the first is when Christians assume that advocating for religious freedom is sufficient for maintaining a faithful gospel witness; and the second is when Christians believe that religious freedom is somehow necessary to preserve this witness. Neither of these conclusions are true and, if left uncorrected, can prove harmful.”

Embracing Limits

“There’s an old story that used to be often told as a literary cautionary tale, that you don’t hear so much of these days: Faust.” It’s a powerful story, even if our contemporary society has somehow managed to reverse it.

Why Do New Believers Read Their Bible More and How We May Do the Same

“Have you ever noticed a common thread in every testimony? Upon being drawn to the Lord, almost every person reports an unquenchable hunger for the Lord’s Word.” And yet, so often “over time, both the yearning and dedication to the Lord abate.” This article wonders why that is and offers some ways to rekindle that desire.

Flashback: We Are All Theologians

Understood properly and practiced biblically, theology is not the accumulation of cold facts, but of accurate and true knowledge that is meant to work its way out in our thoughts and lives.

When life and death were set before you, why should death as the best of the two be chosen?

—Nathaniel Vincent

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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.