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A La Carte (February 12)


Today’s Kindle deals include all kinds of books that are worth checking out.

If you’ve going to be at the TGC conference in April, I’d love to see you for a Visual Theology breakout. And we’re working on a nice giveaway for all attendees. If you’ve already registered for TGC19, you can email [email protected] to sign up.

(Yesterday on the blog: Meet My Friend Selina)

How To Stop Hating Yourself

I appreciated reading Emma’s thoughts on self-hatred. “Self-hatred is not God’s plan for your life. He is not calling you to focus on all the reasons why you’re odd or rubbish or stupid or shameful. He’s not waiting in the bushes with a long lens to capture your mistakes. He’s not scowling at the front of class or sniggering behind your back.”

700 Is Not the Total Number

Not surprisingly, there have been many Southern Baptist responses to Sunday’s news story about abuse within the SBC. Here J.D. Greear and Brad Hambrick team up to offer help and comfort. “If you have been victimized by a church leader (or anyone else for that matter) and the Houston Chronicle story rekindled fear and doubt about how you could receive care, please hear us: we are profoundly sorry. It is an unjust tragedy that you experienced abuse in the past. And it is unjust and tragic that you feel fear in the present.” (Also read Al Mohler and Christianity Today.)

A Princess Vanishes. A Video Offers Alarming Clues

This is a strange story from Dubai. “The princess known as Sheikha Latifa had not left Dubai, the glittering emirate ruled by her father, in 18 years. Her requests to travel and study elsewhere had been denied. Her passport had been taken away. Her friends’ apartments were forbidden to her, her palace off-limits to them.”

How to Protect Yourself From Webcam Hackers (Video)

There isn’t much here we didn’t already know, but it does serve as a reminder to take at least some precautions when it comes to webcams. It doesn’t make you a conspiracy theorist to pop a little cover over your webcam.

To All the Books I’ll Never Read

Cassie laments, and celebrates, all the books she’ll never read.

The Global Church Isn’t…

While it’s at times necessary to talk about “the church in Africa” or “the church in South America” (or etc) it’s usually not very helpful. “When we try to generalise about the World church and say that it is ‘X’, we are actually saying far more about ourselves and our own ethnocentrism than we are about anything else.”

How to Pray When You Hate Your Job

“We know that because of humanity’s rebellion and sin, the work we are called to do greets us each Monday morning with a myriad of thorns and thistles. We may deeply struggle with our work, our workplaces, and the fellow image bearers we encounter in our vocational responsibilities.” Here’s how to pray on those days you just hate what you do.

Flashback: 4 Grave Dangers in Every Sin

While sin–even serious sin–does not necessarily prove that you are unsaved, continuing in sin without any progress against it, should stand as a serious warning. If you continue unrepentantly in your sin, you prove you are not saved at all and will leave this life to face God’s eternal judgment.

God is more interested in our holiness than in our comfort.

—D.A. Carson

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.