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A La Carte (January 23)


Today’s Kindle deals include several good books: Desperate (an excellent book for women), a MacArthur title on spiritual growth, and a worthwhile series from Crossway.

When You’re Not On the Same Page, But In The Same Book

Here’s an important lesson based on today’s political discourse: “If the church is to be any sort of counter-cultural movement, if it is to have any effective witness to a watching, suspicious world, it better be able to model what it means to love someone who vehemently disagrees with you on a whole range of cultural and political matters.”

Trump Inauguration Gigapixel

This is an amazingly high-resolution image captured during President Trump’s inauguration. It is strangely fascinating to zoom in on different people.

In a Country Where Abortion is Illegal

Here’s a fascinating perspective on abortion that comes from a different culture (and a different continent). “We tend to think that unjust things happen in third-world countries. But have you ever considered that the practices of your nation are shocking to someone in the third-world? I am not talking about just culture shock, but real moral outrage.”

Kenyan Doctor Strike

This one also comes from Africa and shares the joys, sorrows, and challenges of medical missionaries working in Kenya. Note: one of the photos shows a fair bit of blood.

What If You Aborted a Future Janitor?

I’m thankful to Jared Wilson for exposing the poor reasoning behind a common argument.

This Day in 1821. 196 years ago today Baptist missionary Lott Carey sailed with 28 colleagues from Virginia to Sierra Leone and became the first African-American missionary to Africa. *

The Life-Changing Magic of Showing Up

“We are obsessed with lifehacks and shortcuts today. Everywhere ads hit us with easy trick to grow our investments, to make dinner prep a breeze, to give us a toned body in seven minutes, to rack up credit card points. We’re tempted to believe that maybe, somehow, there’s a real shortcut there for Christian community and spiritual growth.”


“Are we gerascophobic—afraid of aging? So obsessed with youth that an ageing face, nevermind ageing itself, is increasingly viewed as a chemically treatable disease?” Yes, I suspect we are.

Flashback: The Most Difficult Time to Lead

“I receive the emails often, the emails from the man who wonders how he, he of all people, could possibly lead his family. He has blown it. He has sinned too often, too flagrantly, too publicly. Usually it is the porn: She found the stash on his hard drive or the links in his browser. Hard-earned respect was demolished in a moment.”

When Satan tempts God is always present, just as when God blesses, Satan is never absent.

—J.I. Packer

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.