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A La Carte (August 8)

monday

Good morning! Grace and peace to you on this fine day.

Today’s Kindle deals include a number of excellent titles from Crossway. You’ll also find the “Word Biblical Themes” series deeply discounted.

(Yesterday on the blog: Prayer That Pleases God)

Luxury Beliefs

This is a very interesting article about “luxury beliefs.”

Not Now: The Surprising Joy of Waiting on the Lord

“As a society and culture we don’t like to wait. Like Ms. Salt, we want what we want, and we typically want it sooner rather than later. Yet, we miss surprising spiritual benefits and blessings when we fail to head God’s imperatives and call to wait on Him.”

“It has been said that ‘nature is the art of God.’ When looking at our planet from 200 miles above its surface, the truth of that observation comes into magnificent focus. This unforgettable video is a celebration of Earth’s natural beauty and the artistry of its Creator—as photographed by the astronauts of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.”

Reject the Algorithm

This one, which is not written from a Christian perspective, has some great things to say about rejecting the algorithm.

Twenty-Eight

I enjoyed this celebration of an anniversary. (Speaking of which, Aileen and I are celebrating our 24th today!)

The Distress and Delight of Preaching

“No preacher worth his weight enters the pulpit without some distress. There is a heaviness to delivering the word of God that is unlike anything else. Even if the preacher is naturally jovial, the man moved by the Spirit of God will tremble under the gravity of what he is doing.”

Flashback: Beware (and Embrace) the Power of Story

If we are going to respond well to the new cultural ethos, we need to know God’s Story—his plan for humanity, sexuality, and marriage. We need to be fully convinced about why it matters so much. We need to be willing to suffer loss to uphold it.

One of the great challenges for the Christian church is knowing the difference between a church and a crowd.

—Albert Mohler

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