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A La Carte (April 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include two classics, both of which are worth reading.

Westminster Books has ESV Premium Gift Bibles on sale. They always sell out really fast.

Bill Nye, Progressive Science, and the Threat of Nature

Alastair Roberts: “Despite the many claims to be presenting the ‘science’ of sexuality and that opposing viewpoints had no basis whatsoever in science, at no point did the show mention the great elephant in the room. Apparently we can make sense of the human sexes, and human sexuality, gender, and sexual relations without once needing to make any reference to the reality of reproduction. The realm of sexuality is simply one of radical natural diversity, with no apparent natural cause, end, order, or purpose.” (Note: There’s one swear word in the article.)

‘Just Mike’

This is a great tribute to Mike Ovey who died a few months ago.

Why should you read Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”? (Video)

Here’s a brief video overview of one of those books we all want to get around to reading sooner or later.

Reading the ABCs from Space

Here’s a neat use of Google Earth–reading the ABCs from space.

Catherine Booth’s Heart for the Hurting

You’ll enjoy this short biographical sketch of Catherine Booth.

Biblical Stewardship in an age of Climate Alarmism

If you’re in Southern Ontario or in various other places in Western Canada, you may be interested in this speaking tour. “Dr. Beisner will equip us to explain to our friends and neighbors that Man isn’t merely a consumer and polluter, but rather the very pinnacle of creation, and tasked as both steward and producer.”

The god of William Paul Young

Gavin Ortlund has a solid review of William Paul Young’s awful book Lies We Believe About God.

Who’s In Charge of the Christian Blogosphere?

This is a great question to ask. “Just as the invention of the printing press helped spark the Protestant Reformation and created a crisis of authority, the advent of social media has catalyzed a new crisis in the church.”

Flashback: What Is Engagement?

Whatever engagement is, we need to admit that it is a cultural, not a biblical, construct. So what is true of engagement here in twenty-first century Western culture? How can we do engagement well?

The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.

—Jen Wilkin

  • 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.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…