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A La Carte (January 28)

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You just can’t go wrong with any of today’s Kindle deals. At Westminster Books you’ll find some solid reading material meant for teens and young adults.

Reminder: I’ve got a near-daily audio blog (i.e. podcast). Today’s episode is titled Jesus Wins.

(Yesterday on the blog: Think of Not Having Christ!)

Be Aware of Human Trafficking

I appreciate Randy Alcorn’s call to be aware of the scope of human trafficking and to pray against it.

3 Reasons Definite Atonement is Basic to Biblical Missions

Here’s a word about definite atonement (or limited atonement if you prefer) and missions. “In order to preserve the vibrant missionary zeal of men like Carey, it’s critical we view definite atonement not only as true but essential, forming the biblical basis of mission itself. Why?”

We pursue comfort. We spend ourselves to get more stuff. And we prefer to be entertained. But what kind of life is that really? It’s a far cry from adventurous and abundant, from truly rich and really full, and it’s certainly not the heights and the depths Jesus calls us to. Download a free copy of John Piper’s powerful book, Risk Is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It.

A Short Dictionary on Trinity Words

Wyatt Graham continues his “short dictionary” series with a list of Trinity words.

Cares and Consolations

Mike Emlet: “where do we go when the inescapable cares of our lives are multiplying? We look for and embrace the consolations of God. What are those consolations? It’s helpful to consider both ‘macro-consolations’ and ‘micro-consolations.’”

Brazil Investigates If US Missionary Encroached on Isolated Amazon Tribe

Here’s one to pray about: “An American missionary in Brazil is under investigation and possibly faces charges of genocide for entering protected lands inhabited by an isolated tribe in the Amazon.”

How Twitter Could Be the Death of Liberal Democracy

This one offers lots of to think about when it comes to social media (and Twitter in particular), even if you don’t agree with all the premises. “What Twitter shows us is a real-time ultrasound of the souls of America’s cultural and intellectual elite and its most committed activists — the people in charge of disseminating knowledge and who take the lead in organizing political action in our society. The picture it reveals is ugly, vulgar, shrill, and intolerant, with souls exhibiting an incapacity to deliberate, weigh evidence, and judge judiciously.”

Can the Blogosphere Be Reconnected?

If you’ve been reading blogs for a while, you may enjoy this journey into the past…

Flashback: The Character of the Christian: A One-Woman Man

This qualification is a call to devotion—devotion first to God and then to a God-given spouse. It is a call away from adultery to be sure, but also from a wandering heart, wandering eyes, or wandering hands. It is a call on each one of us to be pure and chaste, to be exemplary in character and conduct whether in marriage or singleness.

Sometimes the best we have to offer comes from our weaknesses, not our strengths.

—Darryl Dash

  • 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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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • 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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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.