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A La Carte (August 3)

Today’s Kindle deals are pretty good. We’ve got Exploring Christian Theology by Michael Svigel; How Could a Loving God? by Ken Ham; Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart by J.D. Greear; Cross edited by John Piper; and Harmony of the Gospels by Kendell Easley. Get them here.

America’s Lost Boys

“Where have America’s young men gone? According to Erik Hurst, an economist from the University of Chicago, they haven’t gone anywhere—they’re just plugged in. … The average low-skilled, unemployed man in this group plays video games an average of twelve, and sometimes upwards of thirty hours per week.”

What Was It Like to Hear Billy Sunday Preach?

Justin Taylor provides a fascinating look at what it was like to hear Billy Sunday preach.

136 Years of Baby Names

Here are some neat interactive visualizations showing 136 years of baby names in America. You can even search for your name to track its history.

Six Practical Reasons ‘Free Will’ Matters

John Piper continues his mini blog series on free will.

Don’t Despise Small Beginnings

Mark Altrogge has a brief word of encouragement.

This Day in 1858. 158 years ago today, Maltie D. Babcock, American Presbyterian clergyman, was born. He is remembered today for his hymn, “This is My Father’s World.” *

The International Bestseller Written in Three Days

Mindy Belz digs up a surprise bestseller from a few decades ago. “Later in life Wurmbrand declared Tortured for Christ ‘has no literary value.’ He acknowledged only that it was written ‘with pen and tears.’ And that, in a nutshell, is its secret formula for success.”

How Much Should a Pastor or Elder Tell His Wife?

A lot of pastors and elders struggle with this question. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to it.

Why Did the Concorde Fail?

The Concorde was a technological marvel that was far ahead of its time. Why did it fail? This 10-minute video explains.

Flashback: Through New Eyes

One of the great joys of being a Christian is the ability we gain to look at the Bible and, through the Bible, to see the world in the way God sees it. It is like the Bible is a pair of glasses through which we gain God’s vision and God’s perspective.


A little sin, like a little pebble in the shoe, will make a traveler to heaven walk very wearily.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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.