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A La Carte (April 25)


Blessings to you today.

We once again have a good number of Kindle deals to look through.

Yesterday on the blog: Ask Me Anything (Habitual Sin, Women Taking the Initiative, Drag Shows, Escaping Laziness)

How J. K. Rowling Played, then Lost, the Polarization Game

Samuel James: “Rowling, more so than almost any other author, leveraged the expressive individualism intrinsic to the social media age to craft, and sell, a narrative about herself and her stories. In an age in which activists will cancel and decry pop culture artifacts for being insufficiently political, Rowling’s history illustrates the danger of pandering to this phenomenon and the way both art and political discourse suffer accordingly.”

God Wants Us to Serve the Undeserving

Dave tries to address a common misunderstanding among Christians: That “while the Bible teaches that we are to serve and help the weak and poor, we should only serve and help those who deserve it.”

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When I Was Losing My Marriage, Jesus Taught Me to Forgive

“Seven months pregnant with our second son, I sat at the desk in our living room, devastated by the letter I had just read. My husband didn’t want to be married anymore.” Sheila Dougal tells how she learned to forgive, even in such a difficult circumstance.

Caring for Families with Cross-Dressing Children

John Piper takes on a very urgent question. “We have a young couple in our local church congregation that lets their small son wear dresses. They seem to let him choose most of what he wants to do. We, of course, see a lot of danger in this parenting method. They were asked to leave a previous church over this issue. What would be your approach to helping these parents with Scripture on this issue?”

Exalted above all things

“In this climate of deconstruction, deconversion, and apostasy I can be tempted to downplay the importance of God’s word. Am I elevating God’s word too much? I can feel my heart desiring the praise of men, and I can elevate the wisdom of men as a replacement for the wisdom that comes from the mouth of God.”

Were the Apostles converted before the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost?

Sinclair Ferguson and Derek Thomas provide good answers.

Flashback: Why Do Billionaires Want to Live Forever?

Why is it that billionaires always seem to want to live forever? I am convinced it isn’t because their lives are so satisfying but because their lives are so very dissatisfying. I am convinced it isn’t because their hearts are so full but because their hearts are so very empty.

No one spoke about hell more than Jesus … because he, more than anyone, saw the true frightfulness of it.

—Dane Ortlund

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