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A La Carte (December 8)


Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

There are some interesting new Kindle deals to look at today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Talk About Jesus, Not Celebrities)

Jordan Peterson and His Useful God

Dani Treweek unexpectedly found herself at a Jordan Peterson event and records some interesting reflections on it.

Social Anxiety and the God who Held Mary

Lara d’Entremont: “Over the years, I’ve struggled through intense bouts of social anxiety. These seasons seem to attack me out of nowhere; months will go by where it takes every bit of willpower I possess to leave the house or have guests come to ours. What makes these seasons so hard is looking back and knowing how easy it used to be to leave the house and having no idea when or if that normalcy will ever return.”

Sometimes Efficiency Is Overrated

“Efficiency is great when you need to make thousands of cars or grow acres of food. But sometimes efficiency gets in the way of the greater mission.”

How the Manger Mocks Death

This is wonderful to contemplate. “Christ’s treading over death turned the once feared enemy into an object of jeering. As Christ rose from the dead, so every dying believer, in their resurrection, proclaims his overwhelming victory.”

The Light That Overcomes

“In George Lucas’s Star War universe, the Light and Dark sides of the force vie for power. The forces are equal in power, and the outcome is in jeopardy. There is no guaranteed victor. Good thing we live in God’s universe and not Lucas’s!”

5 Stats for Parents to Know About Teen Digital Media Use

This is no great surprise. “There’s a statistical connection between the things you do with your kids, their level of digital media use, and their mental and emotional health.”

Flashback: The Legend of the Battle-Weary Crusader

Each of us has the joy and the sacred responsibility of displaying the beauty, the glory, of a foreign land here in this broken world.

When Judgment Day comes, we will regret the waste of a single moment not used for the glory of Christ. We will, however, not regret one moment we spent diligently studying God’s Word and hiding it in our heart. We will only wish we’d spent more time doing this.

—Andrew Davis

  • The Path to Contentment

    The Path to Contentment

    I wonder if you have ever considered that the solution to discontentment almost always seems to be more. If I only had more money I would be content. If I only had more followers, more possessions, more beauty, then at last I would consider myself successful. If only my house was bigger, my influence wider,…

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  • It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

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  • The Anxious Generation

    The Great Rewiring of Childhood

    I know I’m getting old and all that, and I’m aware this means that I’ll be tempted to look unfavorably at people who are younger than myself. I know I’ll be tempted to consider what people were like when I was young and to stand in judgment of what people are like today. Yet even…

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