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A La Carte (August 11)

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I am trying out a slightly revised format for A La Carte. If you receive this via RSS or email, the formatting ought to improve over the next few days, so bear with me.

An Abortion Testimony: It Matters to This One

This powerful and moving account was written by Latayne Scott, author of The Mormon Mirage.

How America’s Lost Colony Vanished

Artifacts suggest that some members of the ill-fated English settlement on Roanoke Island survived and assimilated with Native Americans.


Here’s a fascinating visualization of nuclear detonations from 1945 to present.

This day in 1778: Pastor and hymnwriter Augustus Toplady died from tuberculosis. The day he died he was crying out “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!” His best-known hymn remains a favorite today: “Rock of Ages.” (read more)

9Marks Mailbag

The 9Marks mailbag is always worth reading. This time around Jonathan Leeman comments on: Why “Disowning” Family Members Isn’t an Option; Term Limits for Elders; Expedited Church Discipline; and Can I Leave My Family’s Church?

Missing the Target

“Over the weekend, Target became the next corporate power, after Amazon, to rid themselves of all gender designations and labels for children’s toys and bedding.” Grant Castleberry comments for CBMW.

Hope for the Unhappily Single

“There is a new and widespread epidemic in our nation and even in our churches. It’s called the not-yet-married life.”


It is better to preach five words of God’s Word than five million words of man’s wisdom.

— C.H. Spurgeon

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • 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…