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A La Carte (January 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good collection—several titles by New Growth Press as well as a book on Calvinism and a book by Michael Horton.

Christian Audio is having a $5 Bible sale.

Words Matter: Recovering Godly Speech in a Culture of Profanity

I’m glad to read this article that addresses a serious issue. “As Christian believers, it is critical that we view this modern profanity epidemic through the lenses of biblical truth. Now more than ever, when it comes to our speech, Christians must be decidedly countercultural.”

Biblical Success

Iain Duguid: “What does it mean to succeed? We typically think success involves reaching particular personal and professional goals—prospering financially, being respected by peers, raising a solid family, and so on. We measure success in terms of receiving honor, reaching the top, being admired, getting rich, or being noticed.”

The Inviting Nature of Christianity

There is a lot of power in a simple invitation.

Planned Parenthood’s Most Misleading Statistic

Joe Carter debunks Planned Parenthood’s most misleading statistic. (Also, Melissa Kruger discusses Abortion’s Guilt.)

This Day in 1844. 173 years ago today hymnwriter Fanny Crosby was one of 17 students from the New York Institute of the Blind to give a concert for the U.S. Congress. Here she recited an original composition calling for the education of the blind in every state. This earned her a personal congratulations from John Quincy Adams. *

Why Update a Beloved Translation?

You might enjoy this interview with Tom Schreiner as he discusses the new CSB translation. There are some interesting bits in there about the complexities involved in any translation.

Steve Lawson’s Bible Study

Steve Lawson is doing a (men’s) Bible study through Romans every Thursday morning and is livestreaming it. You can catch up with the first two and join in at his site OnePassion Ministries.

The Value of Christian Protest

Erik Raymond tells how Christians can and should protest. “Prayer is an under-estimated resource for affecting social change. Therefore, prayer is a powerful form of protest for Christians and one that should be more regularly ultylized.”

Flashback: How Much Money Am I Supposed To Give Away?

Do I give from my net income? My gross income? Or are these even the right questions?

Be merciful to yourselves. Seek the Lord early, and so you will be spared many a bitter tear.

—J.C. Ryle

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.