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A La Carte (July 2)


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Logos users will want to check out the great commentary sale they’ve got going on right now. (And, while you’re at it, maybe grab their free and nearly-free books.)

There are a couple of good Kindle deals today, including a relatively new title from Nancy Guthrie.

My Life as a Christian Under a Communist Regime

Zhang San reflects on living the Christian life under a communist regime. “It may surprise you, but from my perspective the main suffering for Chinese Christians is not physical persecution or lack of religious liberty but bad theology, though the reason behind bad theology is the lack of freedom.”

Critical Race Theory: Civil Rights Upside Down

Greg Koukl has a long article about CRT which is meant to be “not so much a critique of CRT as it is a clarification of its basic elements, a comparison between it and the ethics of the civil rights movement of the ’60s, and a caution regarding its totalitarian tendencies.”


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The Unbelief in My Belief

Glenna Marshall considers those little opportunities we get (and often fail to take) to share the gospel. “You are just a messenger of a good, good message. You can share it with hope instead of fear when you entrust every conversation to the Lord. His ways will not be thwarted by stammering or awkward silences.”

The Spleen, Once Regarded as Vestigial, Now Recognized as a Critically Important Organ

At AiG is a long and interesting article about the spleen, which was once regarded as vestigial and useless…until scientists looked a little closer. The article aptly shows the difference between looking at the body as evolved versus looking at it as designed.


T. M. Suffield: “There’s a feeling that comes with long difficult work that ends in forming something that you made. It’s hard to find the right words for it, but the nearest I can think of is transcendence. That incredible effort can be turned into something new, that speaks of you as its maker and bears your stamp on its every surface. That blood, sweat, and tears can be poured into a place until you have a form. As I write it is yet unfinished, but the shell is taking on warmth and life. Bricks are becoming a dwelling.”

Poena Cullei: The Worst Roman Punishment

I find articles like this one helpful in better understanding the context in which the Old Testament was written and the early church began.

Flashback: When Failure Saves and Success Destroys

Here’s something I’ve learned through 40 years of success and failure: God’s care for us may be better expressed in allowing us to fail than permitting us to succeed.

Though our innocency will not secure us from troubles, yet it will greatly support and comfort us under our troubles.

—Matthew Henry

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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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  • 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…