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A La Carte (February 10)


May the God of peace be with you.

Today’s Kindle deals include, well, just one book for now…

Of Faith and Fear

“‘Faith over fear.’ It’s one of those Christian slogans that is undeniably true, and, at the same time, less helpful than it may seem.” Kevin DeYoung explains.

Please, Call Me Bob

This is really interesting: “Every culture has to deal with the unequal distribution of power within its own society. The difference between high power distance and low power distance cultures is how they think about what kind of power arrangement is most ideal. For those in low power cultures – like the West – we mentally and emotionally prefer to envision a culture where power is shared more equally. We don’t like authority figures to have too much more respect or power than their followers have.”

Log College Press

If you are into reading some of the old authors, you’ll want to bookmark Log College Press. It has a vast and growing collection of free PDF books from dead American Presbyterians. That may sound drab, but trust me—there are treasures to be found!

For the Long Haul, Go Deep

Darryl Dash reflects on his hurry to get into ministry and what he would do differently. “If God allows, I’ll be pastoring for over four decades. If I’d been wiser, I may have spent more time mastering the languages, serving under mature leaders, reading formative texts, and growing my soul. An extra four or six years seemed like an eternity then, but the payoff from those extra years would have been significant.”

Spotting Our Cultural Bias

“Today when there is a disaster – like a building collapsing and killing 18 people – or an atrocity – like the authorities bursting into a church and killing the worshippers – we think of those who died as innocent victims. The guilty parties are the authorities, or the builders, or the council who allowed the builders to cut corners, or the landlords for failing to fix the problems. It simply never occurs to us to assume that the dead are to blame, that their sinfulness might have brought the tragedy upon them.”

The Bored-with-Reading-the-Bible Antidote

Kim offers assistance for those who are getting a bit bored with the Bible. “Dear Reader, this is not to scold you. Not at all. This is not a message of condemnation—far be it from me to hand that out. Hopefully, this will be a message of encouragement to us all (including myself). This is meant to be a reminder of what is real and what truly matters most.”

Inside Planned Parenthood’s Gender Factory

This is an alarming report from Abigail Shrier (who wrote the excellent book Irreversible Damage). She says that “Planned Parenthood is now one of the largest providers in the United States of cross-sex hormones like testosterone to females seeking medical gender transition.”

Flashback: 5 Things You Can Give to God Every Day

The heart of productivity is glorifying God by serving others. It is carefully and deliberately considering the things God calls us to do, and deploying all that we’ve got for his glory and the good of people made in his image.

Many local churches have ceased fishing for men and instead become keepers of the fish tank.

—Jared Wilson

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