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A La Carte (February 1)


Today’s Kindle deals include titles by Bryan Chapell and R.C. Sproul, as well as a helpful book on the atonement.

Westminster Book’s weekly sale is on a resource I’ve heard to be excellent: Sons in the Son by David Garner.

Community Requires Vulnerability

I continue to enjoy Christine Hoover’s reflections on friendship. “Vulnerability is the spark for us to enjoy and help cultivate true community. Only through vulnerability can we fulfill the ‘one anothers’ of Scripture—pray for one another, confess to one another, forgive one another, bear one another’s burdens—because only then do we know the burdens of others and only then do they know ours.”

From Book to Boom

“The Mormon church owns vast tracts of US land, and now envisages a huge new city on its Deseret Ranch – but at what cost?”

The Secret Taxonomy Behind IKEA’s Product Names

I guess we all enjoy IKEA’s odd product names. But “what most shoppers don’t know is that the names of those 12,000 products conform to a strict internal logic that offers a peek into Scandinavian culture.”

A Providential Call to Move

Jen is wondering if perhaps the recent immigration crisis is actually a call for you to pick up and move.

Every State in the US (Video)

This is a fun little video that gives at least one interesting fact about all 50 states.

This Day in 1750. 267 years ago today John Newton, an Anglican clergyman, hymnwriter and the author of “Amazing Grace,” married Mary Catlett. Their marriage lasted 40 years before Mary’s death. *

The Myth of Science vs Religion

Justin Taylor has an interesting one today: “Who is to blame for the greatest myth in the history of science and religion? These two guys.”

The Science of Milk (Video)

“The milk industry produces in excess of 840 million tons of products each year. Why do humans drink so much milk? And given that all mammals lactate, why do we favor certain types of milk over others?” This is a neat little video from TED-Ed.

Jesus Loves the Rich

“Many envision Jesus as the prototypical religious leader who only cared for the outcast, the socially marginalized, the sick and the poor. A Marxist, revolutionary Jesus is the inevitable production of such a truncated conception.”

Flashback: Run! Run Away!

Maybe you’ve seen that hilarious news footage of a man unexpectedly coming face to face with a bear. He is on his own property, distracted by his phone, when he looks up right into the face of a marauding bear. The man’s reaction is exactly what we would expect…

A sense of our own folly is a great step towards being wise when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

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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.