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A La Carte (January 30)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Today’s Kindle deals include several books in the Theologians on the Christian Life series.

Killed by what they thought would save them

“Seventy years ago, on the last Saturday morning in January, the MV Princess Victoria left the port of Stranraer in South-West Scotland. She was heading for Ireland with 179 people on board – but never arrived.” This article offers a few illustrations from the disaster.

Just because I’m religious, doesn’t mean I’m superstitious

“Has this ever happened to you? You’re speaking to someone about Christ and all of the sudden the conversation takes a turn for the weird. Not the normal weird of being a Christian in a fallen world, but I mean weird weird.”

Why Body Image is an Australian issue

Murray Campbell offers quite a long reflection on body image and related issues.

Unlocking Heaven

“Yet we know that locks can be picked. As our church’s resident locksmith knows, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Especially considering today’s use of electronic locks, it is possible to hack your way past any locked barrier if you have the right amount of knowledge and skill. Not so with heaven.”

How My Dying Friend Helped Me

Kevin considers some of what he learned from a dying friend.

The Picture Frame

“Whether in frames or boxes, we hold onto our happy memories, an older version of curating our lives before the advent of social media. Because we don’t snap pictures of tantrums, do we? Of the lies and defiance, the visits to hospitals and police stations, the long nights of illness or comforting broken teenage hearts?”

Flashback: The Key To Making the Most Out of Congregational Singing

Of course we sing to God, but we also sing for one another. God is the object of our worship, but our singing is also a means of mutual encouragement. In our singing, we all have equal opportunity to proclaim truth.

Laziness is not an infirmity; it is a sin. It affects the whole of our lives.

—Alistair Begg

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    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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