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A La Carte (August 28)


At long last the second of my two two-week quarantines is over and normal life can resume! I don’t plan to travel internationally again anytime soon and this is exactly why!

I thought I should remind Logos users that they’ve still got time to get 30% off any single order, no matter how big it is.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Dozen New and Notable Christian Books for August 2020)

Be Quiet: Cultivating a Gentle Spirit in a World that Loves Noise

Melissa: “More than once during these past harrowing months of political strife, racial upheaval, gender clash, and conspiracy speculation, friends and acquaintances online have demanded noise. They have called again and again for the cymbals of opinion and conjecture to be endlessly crashed into the atmosphere of public discourse. To remain quiet, they reason, is to be complicit in the evils around us. Quiet, they claim, is weakness. Being still and speechless is no longer an acceptable option in a culture that values its own noise above all else.”

When Speaking About Jesus’ Bride

We would be careful when speaking about any man’s bride, so why aren’t we careful when talking about Christ’s? “The visible church–in whatever shapes or forms it may take–is the bride of Christ. We must resist the urge to speak critically of her without giving her the requisite love and care that Jesus wants us to give those for whom he has shed his precious blood.”

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What does the Bible Say about Slavery? (Video)

Greg Koukl and Paul Copan take on the question.

10 Flavors of Works-Based Salvation

Works-based salvation comes in many different flavors!

QAnon, Conspiracy Theories, and the Christian

Todd Friel has a pair of videos on QAnon, conspiracy theories, and the Christian. (See also: The third section of the Monday edition of Al Mohler’s The Briefing.)

True Rest: More Than a Good Night’s Sleep

Heidi Tai’s reflection on rest is a good one. “I love sleeping. Most days, I can nod off with ease and enjoy good chunks of deep and uninterrupted sleep. While stress may cause insomnia for some, my body reacts to pressure by shutting down. Sleep is my superpower, and yet over the years I have learned that no amount of shut eye is capable of curing the restlessness in my soul and heart.”

The Reputations of Tent-Makers

Don’t miss this reflection on the reputations of tent-makers.

Flashback: Nurture Your Children

Ultimately, your task as a parent is to nurture your children not first toward educational, financial, or vocational success, but toward Jesus Christ. Your primary role is that of the discipler.

Trust God in the dark. We are safer with Him in the dark than without Him in the sunshine.

—Theodore Cuyler

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