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A La Carte (July 11)

As you may know, it’s Prime Day at Amazon, so there are lots of deals to be had. You’ll find many of their Kindle devices deeply discounted (Voyage, Paperwhite, etc). They are also offering a deal where if you buy an Amazon book, 40% of the price is returned as a credit toward another printed or Kindle book.

Today’s Kindle book deals include an interesting list of titles meant to help you think.

How To Pray for Your Pastor

You do pray for him, right? “Pray for your pastor,” says Mel Duncan in this article. “Pray as if your very life and those you love depended upon it.”

Five “Fake News” Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity

Michael Kruger: “Given this rash of ‘fake news,’ I thought it might be interesting to observe that an analogous phenomenon can be seen in the study of early Christianity. There is quite a bit of ‘fake news’ out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, or the development of the Bible . Even though such ‘news’ as no factual basis, it is believed by an uncomfortably large number of people.”

Live HD Earth

NASA allows you to sit back and watch live HD footage from the international space station as it orbits the earth.

Is Wonder Woman a Good Example of Biblical Womanhood?

This is a long article, but a rewarding one. The author interacts with people who proclaim the movie (or character) Wonder Woman a great role model or a picture of a complementarian woman.

Sloth Doesn’t Just Mean Sleep

Important: “A sluggard doesn’t have to be a sleeper. While the Bible has sleep as the favorite past-time of the sluggard it also paints a broader picture. The sluggard is really the one who is doing something other than what ought to be done in that moment to the glory of God.”

Why Jane Austen Endures

Jane Austen’s work endures, at least in part, because of her word choice. “Her novels, reasonably successful in their day, were innovative, even revolutionary, in ways her contemporaries did not fully recognize. Some of the techniques she introduced — or used more effectively than anyone before — have been so incorporated into how we think about fiction that they seem to have always been there.” But there was more to it than that.

The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police

“Puritans, being Puritan, gave sumptuary laws a particularly moral cast. Dressing in a simple manner meant avoiding the sins of pride, greed, and envy, especially for women.”

Flashback: No Bible, No Breakfast

I cringe just about every time I hear “No Bible, no breakfast.”

Craving human affirmation is a no-win proposition. Those who don’t receive it are miserable. Those who do receive it only want more.

—Shai Linne

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.