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A La Carte (January 5)

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Westminster Books has their bestsellers of 2023 discounted between 40%-50%. It’s a good time to get caught up!

I added a substantial list of Kindle deals yesterday. I tend to update the list around 6:30 AM EST.

Organic Christian Living in the Local Church

Nick considers the role of programs in the church. “God never intended for programs or community organization to serve as replacements for the organic acts of love and service that are of the essence of the Christian community of believers.”

Chastity as Worship

This is a strong article by Rachel Welcher as she ponders Christians and sexuality. “I have carried that shame throughout most of my life and still, to this day, have to wrestle it down sometimes and triple-punch it with the truth of the Imago Dei, the God-created goodness of sexuality, and the full forgiveness in Christ for all our sins. But I want more for my daughter.”

A Protestant Reading of “Fiducia Supplicans”

Chris Castaldo offers a distinctly Protestant reading of Pope Francis’ recent declaration. “Like most controversies, it has generated a host of interpretations. Some see it as a diplomatic measure–a middle way, aimed at reducing the likelihood of schism with German and Belgian bishops. Many have rolled their eyes at what looks like another failure on Francis’s part to speak with a clear, orthodox voice. Still others regard it as an outright mess that undercuts Catholic teaching. How should Protestants read it?”

What Is the Prayer of Faith?

Sinclair Ferguson: “In the past century and a half, much has been written and said particularly about ‘the prayer of faith.’ The focus has been on mountain-moving prayer by which we simply ‘claim’ things from God with confidence that we will receive them because we believe that He will give them. But what exactly is the prayer of faith?”

Artificial Wombs for Premature Babies Are on the Way

By way of context, National Post is a mainstream rather than Christian publication. In this article it tells about the rising technology of artificial wombs and what it may mean for ethics.

A Purpose in Chronic Pain

David and Krista Dunham tell what they’ve learned about God’s purpose in chronic pain.

Flashback: 5 Reasons We Eat Together as a Family

I was in sociology class when the teacher asked this: How many people here eat dinner as a family at least twice a week? Two of us put up hands—me and the only other Christian in the class. 

Whatever else we say about hell, we should remember that God the Son has entered it so that we never have to.

—Glen Scrivener

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