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A La Carte (January 7)

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There’s a nice little collection of Kindle deals to browse through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: How Is God Present in Our Pain?)

Dads, Your Children Need Both Quality and Quantity Time with You

Randy Alcorn challenges dads to focus on both quality and quantity time with their kids.

The Long Obedience

This is a sweet one from Susan Lafferty.

How Do I Respond to Sexual Dreams?

I’m including this one largely because, of the thousands of submissions to Ask Pastor John, this question is apparently one of the most common. I’m surprised that the question is so common, but there it is.

Should I Practice Silence and Solitude? (Video)

Donald Whitney provides a thorough answer. And he’s just the guy you’d want to hear from on this topic!

Quoting Scripture Contrary to Its Purpose is Devilish

While we sometimes inadvertently quote Scripture in ways contrary to its purpose, we do need to be aware that there is something devilish about misusing God’s Word.

How to Fall … Again

Jared Wilson: “If you’re a restored church leader—or simply a church member walking in repentance after a fall—you may have some obvious boundaries in place to keep you from the explicit routes back to your old sins. But there are some ways your new life might make you vulnerable to new sins. The Devil is cunning and is perfectly willing to cut you in the left side while you protect your right. How might this happen? What are some ways you might fall again? Here are four…”

10 Things You Should Know about the Priesthood of Believers

Ed Welch explains the priesthood of believers.

Flashback: When Your Goodness Goes Splat

When we think about our own goodness, we always compare ourselves to others. It’s not that we are good by any objective standard; we are good compared to the parent, the neighbor, the stranger, the criminal. We choose our comparisons carefully.

The question we must always ask of suffering is this: What could possibly be worth it? Jesus’s flabbergasting claim is that he is.

—Rebecca McLaughlin

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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.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…