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A La Carte (April 3)

monday

Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Logos users will want to look at this month’s free and nearly-free books. You’ll also find good deals this month on some excellent commentary sets.

There’s a substantial list of Kindle deals to begin a new month.

(Yesterday on the blog: Aged Saint, Thy Form Is Bending)

The Cosmos Keeps Preaching: My Faith After Forty Years at NASA

“Have you ever landed great seats at a concert, show, or sporting event — seats right down front, near the center of the action? That’s very much how I think about my position as an employee at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center over the past forty years (now retired), a career spent assisting in the development and testing of satellite control centers and directing the operation of various scientific missions.”

Yesterday happened, but this is still true

This is a good reminder from Jacob about what is still true no matter what may have happened the day before.

Why We Follow Some Old Testament Laws but Not Others

Greg Koukl: “Critics accuse Christians of conveniently picking and choosing from Old Testament laws. We’re quick to ‘clobber’ gay people with verses from Leviticus, they say, yet we don’t keep kosher ourselves. The complaint, though, is based on a misunderstanding about the Mosaic Covenant that even Christians fall prey to.”

The Bombadil Enigma, Part Two: The Mroczkowski Letter

Keith Mathison has been trying to solve one of the mysteries of Tom Bombadil, and seems to have made a bit of a breakthrough.

5 Easter Lessons from the Trials of Jesus

Peter Mead considers some of the details of Jesus’ various trials.

What C. S. Lewis Got Wrong About the Cursing Psalms

“C. S. Lewis got a lot of things right. He also got a few things wrong. And when Lewis was wrong, he was really wrong.” Trevin Wax explains one of those ways.

Flashback: We Are Very Anxious About Our Character

I came across a wonderful quote from F.B. Meyer that…counsels us on what to do when others attack our character and seek to harm our name. In short: wait on the Lord.

I do not stop being a child of God because I am a problem child.

—Bryan Chapell

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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…