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A La Carte (August 1)


Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles you may enjoy.

This month’s free book from Christian Audio is Jonathan Edwards’ The Religious Affections. Click there and you’ll find lots of other classics marked down to $4.98 including Nadia May’s excellent reading of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Logos users will want to check out the free commentary, though it’s not a set I’m familiar with.

(Yesterday on the blog: How to Create a Reading Culture in Your Church)

Three Ways Parents Can Pray for Their Prodigal Children

“Parents, if you are raising a seemingly hard-hearted, rebellious son or daughter (whether outwardly or inwardly), I challenge you to take up your arms, fight the spiritual battle that rages over them with all of your God-given strength, and refuse to give up on their life.”

Why I Am Not Roman Catholic

I enjoyed this brief look at some of the history of the division between Catholicism and Protestantism.

The Saints: Ordinary Means for Extraordinary Ends

I love this. “My Sunday School leader was the spiritual father of hundreds. I know many of those in Sunday School with me are now missionaries and ministers, teachers and police officers, engineers and salesmen, moms and dads. We each carry with us the memory and imprint of a man who didn’t rest until we each had Matthew 6:9-13 memorized. Mr. Taylor’s thirty-five-year investment in children’s Sunday School bear’s a rich legacy: there are hundreds of us who know the model prayer of our Savior because of the faithful plodding of our Sunday School teacher.”

A Letter to a New Believer

I enjoyed this helpful letter to a new believer.

John Calvin’s Aversion to Being Remembered

Michael Haykin: “Calvin specified at the close of his life that he wanted to be buried in an unmarked grave, a wish that was followed. Calvin had had his fill of the reprehensible way that the medieval world had decked out the gravesites of their heroes and heroines, their “saints,” and the way that those locales had become centers of pilgrimage that actually obscured true Christianity.”

Taming Technology

This one is well worth reading. “Humans are tool users. One of the reasons our phones are so addictive is that they fit in our hands in the most deliciously tactile tool-like way. But too often they are as destructive as a perfectly balanced hammer would be if we turned it on our own heads.”

Learn to Embrace Mess

“In the church, as in the home, there are different types of mess. There is the ‘mess’ of congregational participation that sometimes goes off-beam, preachers who deliver less than A-grade sermons, the music quality being sub-optimal and the slides being bodged together and telling in the middle of the service. Whilst these things may be messy to some, they are not major things. They are like small spillages that can readily be mopped up. Then there are the big types of messes that stem from sin in the church.”

Flashback: Two Different Ways to Think About Sex in Marriage

“My body, my way. This is my body and I will use it in any way I please.” This is the creed of the pagan and the creed of the Christian who is refusing to be obedient to God.

Having a Christian worldview means being utterly convinced that biblical principles are not only true but also work better in the grit and grime of the real world.

—Nancy Pearcey

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 22)

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.