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A La Carte (January 23)

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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.”

Gerascophobia

“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

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    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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  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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