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A La Carte (April 29)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

I didn’t find any notable Kindle deals today, but did want to remind you that the Eerdmans commentary sale ends tomorrow. (You will find a deal on the bestselling general market book The Boys in the Boat.)

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for April 2022)

No One Knows My Pain

Vaneetha Rendall Risner writes about a phenomenon common to those who suffer. “Rather than inviting others into my pain and grief, I’ve often pushed them away. I’ve felt a vague sense of self-righteousness, confident that no one could speak into my life except God himself. I’ve dismissed others’ experiences, even the comfort of friends, because they couldn’t fully relate to my suffering.”

In Praise of the Boring, Uncool Church

“Relevance is no substitute for reverence and indeed may compromise it. The Christian life shouldn’t be oriented around being liked; it should be oriented around loving God and loving others. Far less important than being fashionable is being faithful. Far more crucial than keeping up with the Joneses is staying rooted in God’s unchanging Word.”

Baylor University Charters LGBTQ Group

“The news that Baylor University has officially chartered Prism, an LGBT student organization on campus, marks an important moment in Christian higher education in the USA.” Carl Trueman tells why this is so significant.

The most revealing meeting at church

“Martin Buber said: ‘All real meaning in life is in meeting’. What’s the most revealing meeting at church?” This article suggests several possibilities and elevates one above the rest.

Christo et Ecclesiae

Kristin reflects on the sheer goodness and necessity of the local church despite the pain it can sometimes cause us.

Friendship and Belonging in Middle Age

Alan Noble: “I’m skeptical anyone over age 35 has close friends. That’s an exaggeration, but I’m certainly convinced there’s a dead zone for friendship between ages 35 and 50. It’s difficult to have good friends in middle age. Far more difficult than it should be, especially for men.”

Flashback: Who Does My Body Belong To?

As Christians, we celebrate the beautiful fact that we were each handcrafted by God, we have been bought with a price, and we now have the joyful responsibility and privilege of glorifying God in our bodies.

Confessing that we are sinners in general will not enable us to make lasting headway against our sins in particular.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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