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A La Carte (August 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include What Is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk; Sex, Dating, and Relationships by Gerald Hiestand & Jay Thomas; Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God by C.J. Mahaney; Sex and Money by Paul Tripp; Hope Heals by Katherine & Jay Wolf. You can find them here.

Monday Morning and My Endless To Do List

“Do your plans for plans for this week cause anxiety to rise in you before you’ve even seen the sun rise? Are you trying to cross off tasks from your to-do list before you’ve finished your first cup of coffee and your toddler bounces into your room? Hello, Monday, we have not missed you.”

Alameda Spite House

This is kind of funny: “Houses (and fences) of spite are built when a land owner has the time, money, and just the right amount of malice to use construction as a weapon. Their purpose is to annoy neighbors, create an eyesore, or thumb their noses at authority.” But what about a spite house?

Twelve Steps to Regain Meaningful Membership

9Marks has a suggested 12-step recovery plan for pastors to regain meaningful church membership. Meaningful membership is such a blessing to a church!

Whose Hate? Which Victims?

Carl Trueman offers some interesting thoughts about hate and victimization. “Adultery as a hate crime? Imagine how potent the victim impact statements in those cases would be. And consider, for example, how many of Hollywood’s beautiful people might find themselves being led away in handcuffs to do some hard time behind bars.”

Great Athletes vs Average Animals

This is pretty funny. Usain Bolt is the fastest human alive–and is almost as fast as a butterfly.

California Lawmaker Drops Controversial Proposal

This is an encouraging victory.

Meet the Tiny Foxes That Shouldn’t Be Alive

This is a neat story.

Keller

Don’t let success go to your head. Don’t let failure go to your heart.

—Tim Keller

  • 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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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.