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A La Carte (August 29)


Today’s Kindle deals include 4 from Crossway: Finishing Our Course With Joy and Weakness Is the Way by J.I. Packer, Disability and the Gospel by Michael Beates, and Why, O God? by Larry Waters.

Why Man and Woman Are Not Equal

This is so good: “Women create, shape, and maintain human culture. Manners exist because women exist. Worthy men adjust their behavior when a woman enters the room. They become better creatures. Civilization arises and endures because women have expectations of themselves and of those around them. This is not just a conservative or traditionalist idea.”

The Beautiful Gift of Gospel Community

“Here’s reality: life is hard! Yet, God has so gifted us with a means to remind each other of the gospel in Christian community.”

Meet the Greater Honeyguide

This is fascinating: “On the African savanna, a fascinating and unprecedented partnership between people and wild birds gets started with a simple ‘brrr-hm’.”

A Reflection of Aching Joy

I was touched by this video—a poem combined with a video as a father expresses his love for his son.

Bring Back the Church Prayer Meeting

Yes and amen! The loss of the prayer meeting has been a sad loss to many churches.

This Day in 1632. 384 years ago today John Locke, English philosopher and author of The Reasonableness of Christianity, was born. *

You Could’ve Been Something

Wow. “Somewhere in all of the hype and go-get-em pep rallies for God, I started believing that I needed to become something. When the Gospel is left out and you tell a room of 16 year olds that the world is their oyster, Jesus starts to look like a patsy who missed his calling. He could’ve been something.”

Welcome to the Big Time

This is a longform article from ESPN that examines the troubling history of the daily fantasy sports industry. In short, “The implosion of the daily fantasy industry is a bro-classic tale of hubris, recklessness, political naïveté and a kill-or-be-killed culture.”

Flashback: The Lost Virtue of Self-Control

There are two different lives I lead. Two different kinds of life. There is the life I love, but that is so difficult to maintain, and there is the life I hate, but am so often tempted toward. The first is a life of discipline and self-control, while the second is a life of disorganization and instability. I love the first life, but am constantly sliding toward the second.

God has linked together holiness and happiness; and what God has joined together we must not think to put asunder .

—J.C. Ryle

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    This post is sponsored by Burke Care and is written by Cameron Woodall . Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so, he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around…

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    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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