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A La Carte (January 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include several good titles from Crossway that will help you better understand the Bible.

5 Things The Seeker Movement Got Right

Jared Wilson: “Actually, these are more like five ‘right ideas’ or five ‘right tracks’ the ‘seeker sensitive’ church growth movement started down before it veered hard into a fuller blown consumerism and became the attractional church.”

Selective Hearing

“Your ears are delicate instruments, fine-tuned to hear a wide range of noises. What keeps them from being ripped apart by violent waves of loud vibrations?”

#NotMyPresident

“I have noticed all over social media for some time the hashtag #NotMyPresident. Both sides. Do your own search on Twitter. You’ll find those who reject President Obama and others who reject President-elect Trump. Democrats. Republicans. Libertarians. Independents. Men. Women. Old. Young.” Kevin Carson discusses the hashtag and the movement behind it.

Build a Rescue Ship, Not a Luxury Liner

J.D. Greear uses a helpful illustration. “Yes, we want to have warm, inviting, well-kept environments, done excellently for the glory of God. But we do it with the understanding that our resources weren’t given to us to create a cruise liner for Christians; they were given to build a rescue station for the broken.”

Wisdom for Reading the Proverbs

“Facing the difficulties of reading the Proverbs—while knowing that they are necessary for our spiritual growth in grace—here are seven tips on how to get the most out of reading Proverbs.”

This Day in 1890. 127 years ago today hymnwriter Florence Catherine Armstrong died. One of her best-known hymns was ‘Oh to Be Over Yonder.’ *

iPhone Naysayers

It’s kind of fun to go back and read the people who said the iPhone was going to be a disaster rather than a world-changer. “If it’s smart [Apple] will call the iPhone a ‘reference design’ and pass it to some suckers to build with someone else’s marketing budget. Then it can wash its hands of any marketplace failures… Otherwise I’d advise people to cover their eyes. You are not going to like what you’ll see.”

The Best Kind of Self-Care is Care for Others

You’ll need to be sure to read all the way to the end to get the best part of this one! Here’s the theme: “The joy that comes in serving others is grossly underrated.”

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! in Quebec has the distinction of being the only town in the world with two exclamation points in its name. Also, no one knows who put them there.

Flashback: The Greatest Hindrance to the Gospel Today

What is the greatest hindrance to the gospel today? To echo Chesterton, I am.

Jon Foreman

The kingdom of heaven is comprised of the broken, the fatherless, the poor, the starving… Nothing that could create good ratings for NBC.

—Jon Foreman

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    A La Carte (May 28)

    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    As we live out the Christian life and cooperate with the Holy Spirit through the precious means of grace, we face a number of foes, a number of enemies that mean to derail us from our pursuit of God. Of all those enemies, none may be more prevalent and none more deadly than complacency.

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

    A La Carte: Don’t regret your past—redeem it / Parents, are you raising angry partisans? / You’re gonna lose everything / My husband and I keep fighting over the same thing / What are the “all things” I can do in Christ? / How are we handling generational differences? / Kindle deals / and more.