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A La Carte (February 13)


Westminster Books has a sale on a new book for kids—one that will help prepare them for what they will inevitably someday see online. Over at Amazon you’ll find a few Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: How To Get Started With Blogging in 2020)

Misplaced Blame

Marvin Olasky, who has a Ph.D. in American Studies and has written several books on American history, explains why he takes issue with the New York Times’ 1619 Project. “The 1619 Project,” he says, “is a case study in how, to a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

The Accident that Changed the World (Video)

Here’s a quick, informational video that tells how penicillin was discovered.

Understanding Why Religious Conservatives Would Vote for Trump

This is a long and interesting article from Andrew T. Walker in which he attempts to explain why so many religious conservatives will vote for Trump. “Millions of religious conservatives will approach their votes with a political realism that requires balancing undesirable tensions and conflicting realities. They will vote not so much for Donald Trump—with his uncouth speech and incessantly immature tweets—as they will vote against the worldview of the Democratic platform. Those who make this calculation are not sell-outs, nor have they forfeited the credibility of their values carte blanche. For blind allegiance does not explain the voting relationship. That religious conservatives are not progressives does.”

The 4 Books You Probably Shouldn’t Write

Samuel James lists 4 books you probably shouldn’t write. And, on the whole, I’d tend to agree with his picks. “The most common temptation away from humility in Christian writing and publishing is the temptation to write on topics that you are objectively not qualified to write on, but that you know would make money/look good/present you as a guru.”

Husbands of Target ????(Video)

You might enjoy this silly video about the husbands of the Target parking lot.

The Lord Gave Me a Word for 2020

Anne Kennedy makes me laugh and think, and that’s a combination I enjoy. “What’s really so bad about mediocrity? A certain kind of mediocrity is totally fine and, I think, could even be a little bit holy. The drive toward excellence, which I myself have occasionally annesplained, especially to my children when they are lying around moaning about boredom, has certainly crept into the church under the guise of being a faithful Christian, and ‘not wasting any moment’ for the gospel and the lost and all that kind of thing. The whole modern iteration of Christian ‘discipleship’ has too much of the language of personal craft.”

Why Dead Sonos Speakers Mean You’ll Never Own a Driverless Car

Here’s a rather interesting explanation of why it’s unlikely that you’ll ever own a driverless car (even though they will almost certainly exist).

Flashback: These Precious Days

So much of life is not the choice between good and bad, but between good and good. Even in the joy of doing one good thing, there is the sorrow of not being able to do another good thing.

The grace the Bible talks about is power not just for justification but also for transformation.

—Jared Wilson

  • 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.