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A La Carte (July 18)


Allow me to bring a couple of things to your attention. First, all the quote graphics I share day-by-day are available at SquareQuotes. And, if you prefer to read articles in Spanish (or know someone who does), much of my material is available in Spanish.

(Yesterday on the blog: If Satan Took Up Marriage Counseling)

14 Lesser-Known Details about J. I. Packer

I quite enjoyed this list of some of the lesser-known details about J.I. Packer.

Good News Refreshes the Bones

“As Dane Ortlund once put it, people are not going around overencouraged. There are plenty of discouraging things happening in the world, and our hearts are affected by tragedy. Everyone we meet is carrying burdens, struggling with sins, dealing with disappointments.”

Social Media: Blessing or Curse?

“Social media. What a blessing it is—and what a curse! In this book, Jeff Johnson takes us by the hand to the fountain of eternal wisdom to help us know how to handle this latest revolution in social communication.” —Conrad Mbewe (Sponsored Link)

Creation Asks, Can You Hear Me Now?

God is speaking. Are you listening?

Why Do Some People Suffer More?

“The suffering or blessing that some people experience does not always appear to be connected to their actions. In fact, sometimes the godliest people have the hardest lives, while those who seem to hate God the most have the easiest lives. What are we to make of this?” Ligonier Ministries offers an answer.

Meet the Resurrected You

Randy Alcorn wants to help you meet … you. The resurrected you, that is.

What’s your name?

“When he was a little boy, his adoptive parents changed his name. Not just once. But over and over. Confusing. He was never sure if his mother was calling him or someone else.”

Flashback: What the Canyon Echoed Back

After all those years of marriage, all those years of joy, all those years of living life together, his wife had gone to heaven and he had been left on earth. Though days and weeks had passed, still he was in the depths of despair.

Weekly, normative, ordinary means of grace gathered worship is one of the more extraordinary things in the world.

—Burk Parsons

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    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…