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A La Carte (April 27)

I wasn’t able to track down any intriguing Kindle deals today. I’ll try again tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: Christian, Are You Growing in Wisdom and Maturity?)

When Mom called me “Sis”

I quite enjoyed this moving article. “Mom had plenty of her own sisters. She didn’t need me to be one of them. I never fully understood. In fact my aunts were one reason I wanted a sister. Mom told me stories about growing up with girls in her family.”

My Young Friend Wants to Be a Missionary: Here’s the Advice I Gave When He Asked

“What a thrill! What a privilege to plant seeds for missions into this boy’s heart. I prayed for him and about his question for a couple weeks. I wrote his mom an email last night with some ideas. I thought I’d share them here with you, that the Lord may use them in the life of another who may be feeling prompted towards a future on the mission field.

How Do You Control 1.4 Billion People?

China’s new social credit system has to be one of the most significant technological developments in human history. It’s hard to overestimate its potential significance in the lives of 1.4 billion people.

Can a True Christian Have Depression? (Video)

Dr. Jeremy Pierre answers on behalf of Southern Seminary.

The Gospel for Single Moms

Wendy Alsup: “In a nation in which sex and childbirth outside of marriage are the growing norm, churches and Christian leaders rightly want to emphasize the wisdom of the institution of marriage that God designed and ordained as a picture of His relationship with the Church. Yet, many women like me find themselves fully valuing that institution, and still left, nonetheless, without it as they raise their children.”

The Limits of 1 Timothy 2:11-12

Here’s a thoughtful take on the limits of 1 Timothy 2:11-12: “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” (See here for a different approach.)

Passages from the Bible Discovered Behind Qur’an Manuscript

This is rather interesting and also seems kind of symbolic. “The only recorded palimpsest in which a Christian text has been effaced to make way for the Islamic holy text is to go on sale at Christie’s…”

Flashback: Seven Ways To Pray for Your Prayer Life

These are seven items you can add to your prayer list as you consider your own prayer life or another person’s.

Be convinced of the utter insufficiency and inability of anything below Christ Jesus to minister relief to your soul.

—Matthew Mead

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TWR)

    This giveaway is sponsored by TWR, also known as Trans World Radio, whose mission is to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. TWR is looking for engineering, IT, maintenance and finance specialists to help us tell the story to God’s glory. Explore these and other opportunities here. …