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A La Carte (August 7)


Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles you might like to check out. I particularly recommend Christ From Beginning To End.

In November I will be speaking at a conference in The Philippines. If that’s of interest to you, all the information is right here. I’d love to meet you there!

(Yesterday on the blog: War and Worship)

She Posed for a Free Photo Shoot, Now Her Face is Showing Up Everywhere

Here’s a cautionary tale we would do well to heed in a digital world. “Shubnum Khan is a South African author and artist who’s going public with a warning she learned the hard way: be very careful to read the fine print when signing a photographer’s model release.”

Forced to Share a Room with Transgender Woman in Toronto Shelter

It’s a crazy new world out there. “A woman has filed a human rights complaint against a Toronto shelter for female recovering addicts, claiming staff forced her to share a small double room with a pre-operative male-to-female transgender person.”

Otter Family Kills Caiman (Video)

Nature: “When a caiman attacks the otter cubs, the whole family comes together to defend them.”

Don’t Miss the Intimate Moments in Your Marriage

I love this article. “Most of the time, intimacy is presented as something you have to work hard to achieve, and there’s no doubt that we can ruin lots of opportunities for intimacy with our pride, selfishness, or oblivious attitudes. But, the truth is that your marriage is absolutely filled with intimate moments.”

Four Reasons to Bring People into Membership Quickly

“If you are Reformed Baptist (Particular Baptist, if you prefer), you will have agonised over when it is best to bring somebody into membership. Much of that stems from two Baptist beliefs, namely 1) baptism brings a person into membership of the local church; and, 2) baptism is for those who have expressed faith in Christ and can thus rightly be considered in the covenant. The question for Baptists centres around when it is appropriate to baptise someone and bring them into membership.”

What’s So Great about Limited Atonement?

Richard Phillips: “I am writing to praise the doctrine of limited atonement because it so exalts the cross of Jesus Christ, which gained a full redemption for all those appointed by God to eternal life. But what is the cash value of this doctrine? Does it offer something to my Christian experience or is it just abstract theology? What’s so great about the doctrine of limited atonement?”

If God Is with Me, Why Did This Happen?

I think we all have questions like this from time to time. “For years I felt like Gideon. I wondered why hard things happened when a loving God was supposedly in control. When people told me that God loved me, I thought, If God loves me, then why did this happen to me?”

Flashback: 10 Issues To Work Through Before You Get Married

While courtship and engagement is, of course, the time to plan a wedding, it is also the time to plan a marriage. Here, drawn from the work of Jim Newheiser, is a list of issues to work through before you get married.

There is a principle of self, which disposes us to despise those who differ from us; and we are often under its influence when we think we are only showing a becoming zeal in the cause of God.

—John Newton

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