A La Carte (July 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include a bit of Keller and a bit of Lewis.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Use the Rod, Lose the Child?)

Mentoring Relationships and the Obstacle of Fear

I’m convinced there are tons of people who want to mentor and be mentored who are just waiting for someone to make the first move. “For years, I wanted a mentor. I went to Bible studies and prayed that someone would come alongside me to give a hint about what to do—with my kids, my husband, and my growing, stumbling faith. No one offered—until I was forty-one.”

How (Not) to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Is it important to know your spiritual gifts? Or is that concern evidence of the narcissism so characteristic of our culture today?” Tom Schreiner answers the question.

9 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Joe Carter has shared the inevitable (and helpful) 9 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

How the Thai Cave Rescue Mission is Developing

The last I heard, the rescue in the Thai cave was still ongoing. (See also: Thai Cave Rescue: Rescue Options for the 12 Boys and Their Coach (Video) as well as a Christian perspective from Botswana: A Thai cave rescue plan & a Whole World eternal sin rescue plan.)

A Plea to Parents

“I implore you, parents. Examine yourself. If you do not feel a sense of urgency in the training and spiritual development of your children, if you do not provide them with a church family and teach them God’s word, if you do not feel utter devastation at the thought of them living without Christ and dying without hope, then you have no reason to feel assured of your own salvation.”

A (Not So) Revolutionary Strategy for Great Quiet Times

The reality is that spending time with the Lord is far harder than it ought to be. “So many Christians live with the nagging feeling that time with God doesn’t hold the priority it should in their lives. They want to make progress, but they just can’t seem to master the art of quality quiet times. Worse, many start to think of their quiet time as the enemy they can’t conquer, instead of the life-giving friend it is.”

2018 Winning Images – Underwater Photographer of the Year

Here are the winners of this years underwater photography contest. There’s beauty under the surface!

The Humbling of the Atheists: How Religion Survived the Progress of Science

You won’t agree with everything in this article, but the main point is interesting: the New Atheism is in serious decline.

Flashback: The Message That Counters Everything

We want to believe that we can do whatever we want today without fear of eternal consequences, but the gospel unapologetically declares that there will be the most fearsome and eternal consequences for our sin. That is an offensive message. That is an ultimately offensive message.

Surely none are so mad as those who are content to live unprepared to die. —J.C. Ryle