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A La Carte (July 13)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

There’s a nice little list of Kindle deals to look through.

(Yesterday on the blog: Dusting When the Light Is Dim)

You Will Fail Sometimes. Don’t Quit.

“Living the Christian life has to be an honest endeavor. One where we admit that we stink at some of the things we’re supposed to be good at. One where we ask God to examine us, to show us our true struggles, to change us by His power.”

Why “Abba” Does Not Mean “Daddy”

Despite some people’s insistence, there is no good evidence to claim that “abba” means “daddy.”

Should Christians Cuss?

Denny Burk: “For some time now, I have had a growing pastoral concern about Christians using foul language. This concern has been driven in no small part by well-known pastors who commend the use of foul language and who do so based on foul language that they perceive to be in scripture.”

Back to Normal Post-COVID? Not Everywhere

This article from IMB can direct your prayers as you pray for the world, for it reminds us that many places are still experiencing waves of COVID and all the restrictions that come with them.

Why You Should Embrace Boredom

This is one of those things I do well with for a time, then go through times of total failure.

A Hidden Beauty

Chris Thomas writes movingly of hidden beauty. “This is the Australian Outback. Immortalised by European poets for over two centuries, but first recorded by an ancient people who etched and imprinted its story into the very escarpments they lived beneath. This was my childhood home.”

Finding Hope When You’ve Made Mistakes with Your Children

There is hope here for parents who know they’ve made mistakes with their children (which, I expect, includes all of us).

Flashback: The History of Nothing, No One, and Nowhere

As our culture has more and more rejected the notion of the providence of God, and indeed the very existence of God, history is being told in a way that is distinctly godless.

How can you expect to dwell with God forever if you so neglect and forsake him here?

—Jonathan Edwards

  • 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.