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A La Carte (January 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books. B&H has many of their Perspectives titles on sale and they are worth checking out. Be sure to also consider Packer’s book on holiness and Matt Papa’s excellent Look and Live.

The Dangers of Acting Like You Are Married

There are certain dangers in acting married before you’re married. Jordan Standridge outlines some of them here.

Believing in the Somehow

Here’s a powerful, comforting article from Melissa Edgington. “We heard the unmistakable sound of human anguish. We walked over a few aisles and saw her sitting there, surrounded by a small crowd. Her weathered hands covered her face, and beneath her fingers, twisted with age, she cried out.”

I Got Gay Married. I Got Gay Divorced. I Regret Both.

Denny Burk points to and comments on an interesting article. “She admits that she and her partner never wanted the norms of marriage, but only the rights of marriage. As a result, she regrets her gay marriage only because it made breaking-up more difficult. Divorces are expensive and messy, and it turns out that both marriage and divorce cramped her gender-fluid ‘dexterity at turning friends into lovers and vice versa.’”

The iPhone Is Slowing Apple Down

If you’re interested in tech, you’ll probably be interested in this: “After 10 years, the iPhone can no longer serve as Apple’s growth engine. The company now faces the same challenge it did a decade ago: figuring out what’s next.”

10 Things You Should Know about Revival

Do I need to repeat that I’m a fan of Sam Storm’s ongoing “10 Things” series? This time around he turns his attention to revival.

How To Master Your Sense of Smell (Video)

This video explains that few of us get close to using our complete sense of smell and explains how we can use it to fuller effect.

This Day in 1739. 277 years ago today revivalist George Whitefield was ordained to the Anglican ministry. Being denied the use of pulpits, Whitefield took to open-air preaching. His booming voice, it was reported, could be heard a mile away. *

How Long Should Dress Pants Be?

Let reason and good taste prevail. Let your pants graze the top edge of your shoes.

What Christianity Alone Offers Transgender Persons

Sam Allberry: “The gospel is always good news—for everyone. It strikes me that there are two particular insights the gospel can offer that might form the starting point of our response.”

Flashback: In the Hands of the Communists

“It was a dreary December day in the city of Tsingteh when John and Betty heard a rumor that Communist soldiers were drawing near to the city. The Communists were battling for control of the country and, of course, hated Christians or anyone else who would bring Western influence to their country. At the time the missionaries were not concerned…”

One of the greatest sins for which we need to ask forgiveness is not believing God has forgiven us.

—Burk Parsons

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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.

  • 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…