A La Carte (July 28)

Amazon has board games on sale today, and they include some good picks. (e.g. as a family, we’ve been enjoying some of the Exit games.)

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Today’s Kindle deals include books by Francis Schaeffer, Jared Wilson, Randy Alcorn, and Warren Wiersbe.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters)

Further Reflections on Recent Conversations about Christian Freedom

Over the weekend Jonathan Leeman shared a couple of responses to John MacArthur and the elders of Grace Community Church as they decided to defy their government, while also calling upon other Christians to do the same. Here Leeman responds again to show that his concern is not the decision that church made, but rather the way Christians speak about matters of conscience. “Christians in this country are going to tear each other apart if we treat every political judgment as a test of faithfulness.”

The Missional Conviction of Paul Washer

In this new episode of the MinistryNetwork Podcast (available in video and audio formats), Paul Washer speaks about his childhood, tells how the Lord saved him and called him to ministry, explains why weakness is strength, and explores the role of conviction in ministry. In previous episodes, you’ll hear fascinating interviews with Rosaria Butterfield as she discusses hospitality (audiovideo) and COVID-19 (audiovideo). And subscribe to be notified of new episodes featuring Steve Lawson, Rachael Denhollander, and others. (Want to learn more about MinistryNetwork? Visit our site.) (Sponsored Link)

Not White Fragility—Mutual Responsibility

George Yancey makes some interesting and important points in this article at TGC. “The concept of white fragility is an academic way to tell white people to be quiet and listen. Bottling up the expressions of white people, though, is not the path to addressing our society’s racial alienation. Indeed, it’s a path that will continue to frustrate attempts at correcting racism’s genuine effects.”

Family Worship Is Not As Essential As Some Want To Insist

Sometimes I like to be challenged by an article that cuts against the grain a little. “I have heard a number of people over the last few years insisting on the vital importance of set family worship. Whether that is finding time every day to do it together, or once per week, or however often. But the expectation is, first, that you definitely will do it and, second, that it is vital for teaching and training your family. If you find it helpful, have at it! But vital? I’m just not convinced.”

Why Small Obedience Matters to God

When the Holy Spirit cultivates his fruit in our lives, he often works in ways we would never pray for (Galatians 5:22–23). To grow the fruit of love in us, he may give us an enemy; to grow the fruit of peace, he may allow conflict to come near. And to grow the fruit of faithfulness, he may send us to forgotten places.”

 Love Your Enemies

I’ve written an article quite similar to this one for tomorrow, but will share it anyway! “If we are going to call ourselves followers of Christ, we have to actually follow Christ. He commands us to love our enemies and to pray for them. Instead of hating our enemy, punching him in the face, incessantly mocking him in tweet after tweet or post after post, let us follow Christ by obeying His command to love our enemy.”

The True Size

This is a neat little app that lets you compare the size of different countries. What’s especially helpful is that it accounts for the distortion that comes with the Mercator projection.

Flashback: What Gives God Pleasure

What makes God happy? What pleasures does God pursue? That might be one of the most important things about God.

We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts. —A.W. Tozer