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A La Carte (July 21)


I was told that yesterday’s link to the Logos sale was messed up, so I’ll try it again. Click here to see the sale on Zondervan products.

Or click here to see a couple of Kindle deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: White Fragility and Getting White People To Talk About Racism)

Uncommon Brothers

Marshall Segal has a good one for men: “Good brothers are hard to find, and surprisingly easy to squander. While we focus on the many battles before us, and behind us, and within us, we can forget the men we need beside us.”

The Attractional Church Problem Is Nothing New, And Neither Is The Solution

It’s good to be reminded that the problems we see in today’s church are rarely historically unprecedented.

Announcing Sing! Global 2020, An Immersive Digital Conference for Pastors and Musicians

Getty Music Sing! Global 2020 is an immersive digital conference connecting leaders, families, and churches around the world to encourage and deepen worship. With a vision to help Christians around the world sing the Scriptures and to encourage them with rich teaching, imaginative artistry, and practical resources, this four-day experience (August 30-September 2) will include music led from six continents and an expanded list of over 100 top speakers and artists including John Piper, Trip Lee, David Platt, Joni Tada, Tim Challies & more with 90 days to view on-demand after the event airs. Now, everyone can experience the Sing! conference and we hope you will join us for this exciting event. (Sponsored)

The Unseen Realm: My Two Cents

I really appreciated Keith Mathison’s review of The Unseen Realm. He points out both strengths and weaknesses.

When Step by Step is All We Have

“Masks, schedules, lunches, sports-the questions are endless, and unanswerable at this time. Never has there been so much uncertainty. This got me thinking of the song ‘Step by Step’ by Rich Mullins, one of my favorites.”

Advice To A Keyboard Crusader

In short, “Clamp your mouth. Bite your tongue. Unplug the keyboard. Do whatever it takes to refrain from commenting.”

On a Path I Never Would’ve Chosen

Madelyn Canada: “I’ve never walked these roads to glory before, I’ve not seen what lies beyond the bend, but the one who guides me and holds my right hand was the One that spoke them into existence.”

Earthen Vessels

“Simple earthen vessels. There they are. Wading through laws in Leviticus, I see them. In the details. Amid ritual regulations for priests, Levites, and the people of God.”

Flashback: A Quick Fix for Low Self-Esteem

We gossip to make ourselves feel better. We gossip to address low thoughts of ourselves by broadcasting even lower thoughts of others. We gossip when our love for others is too low and our love for self is too high.

As odd as it sounds, making your entire Christian life about trying to look like a good Christian is a great way to become a terrible Christian. Or at least a weak and defeated one.

—Jared Wilson

  • 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.