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A La Carte (July 3)

Today’s Kindle deals include a collection from Crossway and a couple of other deals. Be sure to check the long list of deals from late last week as well.

Be sure to check out this month’s deals for Logos. They’ve got some great commentaries and resources on sale.

Private Confession and Rebuke

John Stott: “We have to confess and make restitution to those we have wronged, that they may forgive us; we have also to seek to bring to repentance those who have wronged us, that we may forgive them. This is a widely neglected duty. Most of us are as irresponsible as Cain in imagining that we are not our brother’s keeper.”

Money and Happiness

“Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, became the richest man in China after Alibaba IPO’d for a record $25 billion last September. But Ma was just as happy — perhaps even happier — when he was barely making any money right out of college.”

Altar of the Feels

“If you have kids of most any age, chances are that today they felt all the feels. And, if you are a mama of said children of any age, then I’m betting that today you, too, felt all the feels.” But what is to be made of all these feels?

Counting to a Billion (Video)

How long would it take to count to a million? How about a billion?

Why Did God Create?

Steve Lawson answers. “God was not inwardly lonely or personally empty; He was entirely self-satisfied, self-content, and self-contained. So God did not create because of some limitation within Himself. Instead…”

Explosive Data

“Fireworks injuries don’t only happen in July, but they are, unsurprisingly, far more common in that month versus the rest of the year.” Here’s the data. Be safe tomorrow.

Worshipping a Golden Calf on Sunday

“The hottest ‘worship war’ going is the one taking place daily in the sanctuary of our own hearts. But we must wage this war because none of us is a bystander to idol worship.”

Flashback: 4 Tips For Dealing With Procrastination

Here I offer you 2 big-picture tips and 2 very practical ones for dealing with procrastination. These are the very things that I have found so helpful in my own life.

What matters supremely is not the fact that I know God, but the fact that He knows me.

—J.I. Packer

  • The Path to Contentment

    The Path to Contentment

    I wonder if you have ever considered that the solution to discontentment almost always seems to be more. If I only had more money I would be content. If I only had more followers, more possessions, more beauty, then at last I would consider myself successful. If only my house was bigger, my influence wider,…

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    A La Carte (April 22)

    A La Carte: Why my shepherd carries a rod / When Mandisa forgave Simon Cowell / An open mind is like an open mouth / Marriage: the half-time report / The church should mind its spiritual business / Kindle deals / and more.

  • It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    It Begins and Ends with Speaking

    Part of the joy of reading biography is having the opportunity to learn about a person who lived before us. An exceptional biography makes us feel as if we have actually come to know its subject, so that we rejoice in that person’s triumphs, grieve over his failures, and weep at his death.

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    Weekend A La Carte (April 20)

    A La Carte: Living counterculturally during election season / Borrowing a death / The many ministries of godly women / When we lose loved ones and have regrets / Ethnicity and race and the colorblindness question / The case for children’s worship services / and more.

  • The Anxious Generation

    The Great Rewiring of Childhood

    I know I’m getting old and all that, and I’m aware this means that I’ll be tempted to look unfavorably at people who are younger than myself. I know I’ll be tempted to consider what people were like when I was young and to stand in judgment of what people are like today. Yet even…

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    A La Carte (April 19)

    A La Carte: The gateway drug to post-Christian paganism / You and I probably would have been nazis / Be doers of my preference / God can work through anyone and everything / the Bible does not say God is trans / Kindle deals / and more.