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A La Carte (August 27)


Unfortunately I did not find much interesting by way of Kindle deals today. I’ll try again tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped (A Mid-Summer Hymn Sunday))

America Soured on My Multiracial Family

“There are three fundamental, complicating truths about adoption. First, every single adoption begins with profound loss. Through death, abandonment, or even loving surrender, a child suffers the loss of his or her mother and father. Second, the demographics of those in need of loving homes do not precisely match the demographics of those seeking a new child. Adoptive parents are disproportionately white. Adopted children are not. Thus, multiracial families are a natural and inevitable consequence of the adoption process. Third, American culture has long been obsessed with questions of race and identity.”

How Can I Best Prepare Students to Live Their Faith out in Public Schools?

“Children face many challenges to their faith in school. How should parents and teachers respond?” Al Mohler provides a brief but helpful response.

I Want Christlike, Bible Reflexes

“When the swirling cultural debates are kicking up dust around us, we don’t answer the question from the standpoint of what the experts (even the religious experts) are saying. We are not thinking about sexuality, gender, marriage, and issues of life based upon what the editorial pages or headlines news says. Instead, we follow Jesus’s pattern and direct our attention back to the Word of God. This is our authority as Christians. It’s the ultimate authority.”

Norway’s $47BN Coastal Highway (Video)

The Norwegian government are embarking on the largest infrastructure project in the country’s history. This video lays out the challenge and the potential solutions.

Celebrating 50,000 Baptisms – No Matter How Many Churches It Takes

“By those calculations, any church of 26 people that is faithfully preaching the gospel, reaching out to the community and baptizing 2 or 3 people per year is doing their part. They’re investing their talent, not burying it. (Matthew 25:14–30) Those churches won’t make the headlines, not because what they’re doing doesn’t matter, but because they are one of hundreds of thousands of other faithful churches running similar numbers. And that’s okay.” Yes!

13 Thoughts on Reading the Bible

You’ll enjoy these thoughts on reading the Bible.

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

If you have trouble sleeping, this article might be something to read.

Flashback: 5 Life Lessons From An Olympic Gold Medalist

Sin is the great enemy of the soul and while it eventually expresses itself externally, it always begins internally. As Christians we need to take our thoughts captive so we can take our actions captive.

Being able to articulate the gospel with accuracy is one thing; having its truth captivate your soul is quite another.

—J.D. Greear

  • 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.