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A La Carte (July 14)

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Logos users, remember that this month there is a sale on many of the best commentaries you can get. And, as far as I’m concerned, building a commentary library is the number one reason to use Logos! (You should also take a look at their free and nearly-free selection for the month.)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of interesting titles.

The Abuse of Headship in the Home

Victor Sholar reacts strongly against some of the excesses and abuses of those who say they are “complementarian” or otherwise aligned with the Bible’s perspective on husbands and wives.

CityAlight – He Calls Me Friend (Live)

Here’s a sweet new single by CityAlight. They just keep writing great songs! This one is about our friendship with Jesus.

“Christ must be our all or our nothing.”—Conrad Mbewe

This is because of who He is as the infinitely glorious God-man and because of the indescribably wonderful salvation He has procured for us. Paul Washer does an excellent job of showing us these breathtaking realities in this Scripture-saturated and historically reinforced book. It will leave you worshiping God as your soul is saturated afresh with the unsearchable riches of Christ!” —Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church and founding chancellor of the African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia (Sponsored Link)

Powerful Photos of Older People With Down Syndrome Defy Misconceptions

I so appreciate this gallery of older people with Down syndrome. “A powerful photo essay entitled Here I Am challenges people’s false assumption that individuals with Down syndrome do not live into their senior years.”

What Anti-Trafficking Experts Think of the Hit Movie ‘Sound of Freedom’

Christianity Today spoke to anti-trafficking experts who, without criticizing Sound of Freedom, explain what their work and ministries usually look like. “Staffers with experience in anti-trafficking ministries that CT interviewed recognize that this is a movie, so the story will be dramatized. But they want audiences to understand that a lot of anti-trafficking work in the US looks different from what’s in the film.”

Why We Need to Hear Sermons in Person

Joe Carter explains why it’s essential for Christians to hear sermons together and in person.

Of Joy or Despair in Ministry Success

“Are you a worker in your church? Are you a volunteer? Are you a pastor? Are you one of those who gives his or her all for the sake of the gospel and the love of the Lord and his people? If you are one who sees the importance of the glory of God in his church, I would guess that you are also one who knows what it feels like to experience some pretty sweet joys and some pretty significant pains. Ministry can be great. Ministry can be hard. Being a pastor can be so very sweet. Being a pastor can be so very discouraging.”

Flashback: Making the Christian Life More Complicated Than It Needs To Be

He calls each of us to be obedient in the context he has ordained for us. For the end of the matter, when all else has been heard, is that we are to simply fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the sacred duty of every man, the kind expectation of a loving God.

We cannot produce by ourselves what God has planned to produce in us through the impact of the preaching of his word.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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: 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: 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…