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A La Carte (August 5)

I did not track down any new Kindle deals today, but you can check out all of the ones from earlier this week on the Kindle deals page. Logos users may want to pick up The Basics of the Faith series at 45% off as well as a 5-volume D.A. Carson series at 30% off.

Holiness Is Not Our Goal

Ed Welch makes an important point here: “Obedience, however—our growth in holiness—is not our goal. It is only a means to an end.”

Is Crowdfunding the New Church?

This is an intriguing question. “For every major religion, giving to the poor is a fundamental pillar. And yet it seems like technology, rather than church, is augmenting charitable giving these days.”

Praying for the Police

Karen Swallow Prior shares an experience and a prayer meeting.

How Not To Grow Weary In Doing Good

We all do at times, don’t we? “You would not think that we who believe in Jesus would grow weary of doing good. He’s been so good to us. When we do good it brings him joy and he rewards us. Yet Paul warned the Galatians not to grow weary in well-doing. Why?”

How To Please People Without Pleasing People

There’s a famous saying by the poet John Lydgate: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” What the Bible says about pleasing people is less catchy but far more important.

This Day in 1604. 412 years ago today, John Eliot, “Apostle to the American Indians,” was baptized. He would eventually publish the Bay Psalm Book, the first book ever printed in America. *

No Free Passes

WORLD interviews Rosaria Butterfield about what life has been like after the release of her controversial biography.

Religion and the Olympics

This is a very interesting look at the history of religion at the Olympics as well as the Olympics as a religion of its own.

A 7-Circle Roundabout

This is madness: A 7-circle roundabout. It actually exists!

Flashback:The Complacent Christian

Do not underestimate the value of a few zealous Christians. Do not underestimate their power to stir up a great fire.

Derek

Far too much theology operates under the assumption that God is simply a much larger version of ourselves.

—Derek Rishmawy

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    A La Carte (May 28)

    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    As we live out the Christian life and cooperate with the Holy Spirit through the precious means of grace, we face a number of foes, a number of enemies that mean to derail us from our pursuit of God. Of all those enemies, none may be more prevalent and none more deadly than complacency.

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

    A La Carte: Don’t regret your past—redeem it / Parents, are you raising angry partisans? / You’re gonna lose everything / My husband and I keep fighting over the same thing / What are the “all things” I can do in Christ? / How are we handling generational differences? / Kindle deals / and more.