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A La Carte (December 7)

I was not able to track down new Kindle deals today, but will hope for better things tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve just arrived in Jerusalem as the next stop on my EPIC church history journey. I’ll begin sharing some photos soon. I’d appreciate prayers for safety in travel and effectiveness in research.

Pray for Dr Sproul

R.C. Sproul is unwell. Please read this update and commit him and his family to prayer.

A Month After Church Massacre, Faith and Healing in Sutherland Springs

“Four weeks after the church massacre, time stretches and snaps for people in this town of 600 south of San Antonio, shifting from fast to slow to fast again. One moment, it’s as if their loved ones were just there with them. The next, there’s a gaping hole, a monumental loss.”

Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet

Here is a new album from Sojourn that may interest you.

Should We Capitalize Divine Pronouns?(Video)

Should we use “he” or “He” when referring to God? That’s a surprisingly contentious issue.

Are You Addicted?

“Do you find yourself reaching for your smartphone and turning it on for no apparent reason? A new survey found that British consumers admit to doing this thousands of times per year — accounting for about 40 percent of the times they unlocked their phones. “

Teach Your Children the Virtue of Waiting

“In busy households, managing expectations for parents and children can be both a trial and a joy. But the season of Advent—the weeks encompassing the four Sundays leading up to Christmas—represents a wonderful opportunity to teach our children, and ourselves, about waiting, a vital but neglected virtue of the Christian life.”

How Acts 29 Survived – and Thrived – After the Collapse of Mars Hill

This is an interesting look at how Acts 29 survived the collapse of Mars Hill.

Flashback: Sexual Revolution, Same Old Revolution

For good or for ill—and humanity’s long past has many examples of both—, we humans are revolutionaries, always primed for a conflict. But we are confused and inconsistent revolutionaries who sometimes revolt away from a great injustice and sometimes toward one. Today we are watching people all around us revolt away from justice, away from truth, away from common sense, away from the common good.

The finest art of communication is not learning how to express your thoughts. It is learning how to draw out the thoughts of another.

—Tedd Tripp

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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…