A La Carte (April 28)

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Today’s Kindle deals include the popular Risen Motherhood.

Out of My Hands and Into His

This is a poignant reflection from Madelyn Canada. “I miss him. I kept thinking time would erase the dull ache in my heart, but it hasn’t. I don’t think love for someone is something we can ever fully eradicate. Once it has begun, it will always be. Whether it manifests itself in butterflies and laughter, or aches and bittersweet longing. Being a nanny and a teacher has made that much clear.”

Aren’t All Religions Basically The Same? (Video)

Dr. James Anderson takes on a common question in this video from RTS.

Why Pre-Field Missionary Training Is Vital For Reaching Unreached People Groups

Why are the last remaining 3,100 or so unreached people groups the last ones? It isn’t random and there are very clear reasons why. How come the missionary attrition numbers from the West are so high? This short article by Radius International speaks to those key issues. (Sponsored Link)

Pastor, Your Body Keeps the Score

Jared Wilson: “Every day it seems I read about or even hear from pastors who are struggling with anxiety, depression, or other severe effects of hard ministries. The burnout rate for ministers is too high, and things have only gotten worse over the last year and a half.”

How To Criticize the Church

Anne Kennedy provides a crucial distinction between two different ways of criticizing the church.

The Mystery of Joy

“I held a grieving friend in my arms this week, absorbed the weight of her story and, together under a cold rain, we prayed for joy. Not the surface kind of happiness that comes from relief of weighty circumstances, but the kind of joy that anchors a soul to what is true even in the throes of sorrow.”

What Would Make You Walk Away?

Paul Levy shares a pastoral letter in which he answers the question of what it would take for him to walk away from the faith.

Flashback: Netflix’s Biggest Competition

By releasing entire seasons at once rather than at the traditional rate of an episode per week, they are helping us form habits of binging, of reducing sleep to gain entertainment. They are, by Hastings’ own admission, training us to be addicted to what they provide.

When we realize that God is the perfection of all that we long for or desire, that he is the summation of everything beautiful or desirable, then we realize that the greatest joy of the life to come will be that we “shall see his face.” —Wayne Grudem