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A La Carte (August 8)

I didn’t too find much that’s new or noteworthy in Kindle deals (though there are a couple there), but did want to point out some Logos specials: This month Logos has deals on at least three great resources: The Bible Speaks Today commentary series, New Studies in Biblical Theology, and the Tyndale Commentary set. You can’t go wrong with any of them!

Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes

This is important. “In sum, we’re often willing to watch narrative rape but don’t always know how to address real rape. And in the gap between the pretend of on-screen and the pain of real life, we have a Hollywood phenomenon that is as surreal as it sounds: the rape choreographer.”

Jesus Never Ends

“Jesus is patient and kind; he is not envious or boastful; he’s not arrogant or rude.” You know where this one is going…

What Should You Look For in a Spouse? (Video)

Dr. Jeremy Pierre answers in Honest Answers from Southern Seminary.

Erroll Hulse (1931-2017), A Beautifully Proportioned Life

It does us good to read memories of lives well-lived. “One of Erroll’s daughters, Michelle, as a young girl in answering a question concerning what her father did, responded, ‘He is a ballet dancer.’ Perhaps she was right. He mastered the art of graceful, meaningful, disciplined movement between biblical text and hungry congregation. He mustered a force of eager disciples for the truth of the gospel through lovely enticement with the coherence between the music of the heart, the power of a message, the warmth of genuine experience, and the deftness of minds under the control of truth.”

The Most Neglected and Least Modeled Spiritual Gift

Randy Alcorn: “In Romans 12, Paul lists seven spiritual gifts, including prophecy, serving, teaching, mercy, and giving. I’m convinced that of all these gifts, giving is the one least thought about and talked about in the Western church, and perhaps in the entire world.”

How Airlines Schedule Flights (Video)

There are lots of interesting facts to learn in this video.

Maybe It’s Not an Obstacle

I’m a stay at home Mom. I’m incredibly thankful for the four little people I get to mother and teach every day. Yet these little ones I’m 100% grateful for are also the ones who make my job difficult. I mean, they’re people, after all. And all people have problems, me included. So when you mash several people together in a home for, say, 18 – 20 years, well, there are bound to be a few obstacles.”

Flashback: The Book Glutton

I have found that the key to organizing and maintaining a library is releasing the irrational hold books have on so many of us. Here are a few tips.

Two things are said to be rare sights in the world; one is a young man humble, and the other is an old man content.

—J.C. Ryle

  • Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention given to the ways that pastors may abuse their parishioners. Such attention is appropriate and every pastor ought to prayerfully guard himself against such abusive behaviors. Every church leadership structure ought to build rigorous systems of accountability and follow biblical guidelines in the…

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    A La Carte (May 29)

    A La Carte: A coward’s guide to evangelism / The great dechurching will hurt poor people / The unique experiences of pastors / Three words for Christian parents / Save the world, have a baby / The conquest of Canaan / Kindle and book deals.

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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.