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A La Carte (July 19)


Good morning. May grace and peace be with you today.

There’s quite a lot of Kindle deals to sort through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Prayer for a Wanderer)

We the Screamers: Why Pro-Lifers Seem Obsessed with Abortion

Jonathon Van Maren explains why pro-lifers often seem obsessed with abortion. “How do you convey to people that abortion isn’t a cause so much as an emergency? How do you explain that this destruction is happening here, now, all around us? That silent screams stifled by mothers’ bodies end in crimson tide of death in clinics in every major city while millions go about their lives around the deathly quiet carnage? It all sounds so melodramatic, so unreal—unless it is true.”

Love Your (Imperfect) Pastors

Abigail Dodds: “How should Christians respond to their pastors? Respect them. Esteem them. Love them. To that end, consider three pitfalls to avoid as we relate to our pastors, so that we are able to show proper respect as we esteem them very highly in love.”

How Are We to Think about Residential Schools?

Canada’s former residential schools have made headlines around the world recently. In this article, Sam Whitehawk provides his perspective as a Christian and First Nations man. “My name is Sam Whitehawk. I am a Canadian Pastor in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I am a First Nations man, and a member of Cote First Nation in Saskatchewan. As a child and grandchild of living Residential School survivors, it has been painful and heartbreaking to hear the news of found remains of murdered children outside of Residential Schools across Canada.”

God’s Dumb Children

Eleazar Maduka writes about some of our trouble with praying.

More Literal Than Thou

Daniel Stevens, director of the Scholars Initiative at the Museum of the Bible, has written a very interesting column for Christianity Today in which he deals with some of the complexities of Scripture translation.

Sin is Like a Snowball

Sin is, indeed, like a snowball as Scott Bredenhof explains here.

Flashback: For the Pastor Knee-Deep in Immorality

…sin wants to be found out because sin wants to have the last laugh! Sin is content to dwell in the darkness for a while, but its end goal is to be known so it can bring reproach upon the gospel.

Of all sins, no sin can call Satan father like to lying.

—Richard Capel

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  • 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: 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…