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A La Carte (July 31)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few good picks from Crossway plus a couple more.

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of My Diving Accident

Joni Eareckson Tada reflects: “I was once the 17-year-old who retched at the thought of living life without a working body. I hated my paralysis so much I would drive my power wheelchair into walls, repeatedly banging them until they cracked. Early on, I found dark companions who helped me numb my depression with scotch-and-cola. I just wanted to disappear. I wanted to die.”

Social Media Has Hijacked Our Minds

There’s lots to reflect on in this article on social media.

Why I’m in the Middle of the Rain Forest

“The young mother came screaming up to my porch at 2 am. ‘My child! My child!’ she cried. As I jerked awake, adrenalin streaming through my body. I heard a high-pitched abnormal cry from the baby mixing with the mother’s screams.”

Why You’re Being Invited to Fewer Weddings

“You’re not the only one spending fewer summer weekends watching other people get married—but don’t worry, the weddings you’re still invited to might feel a little more special these days.”

Opening Your Home and Heart to Women’s Bible Study

Just like the title says. Maybe this is something you can do?

Sardine Feeding Frenzy (Video)

“A sizeable shoal of Sardines proves to be quite a magnet for a variety of different sea predators. Surprisingly, none of the predators on display attack each other, instead they corral the ball of fish, taking turns to eat.”

Ministry to Women When There’s No “Women’s Ministry”

This is helpful. “Countless people have commented on the rich community that’s growing at our church and benefiting in the lives of many, especially women. So, how did we—and how could you—grow this kind of healthy church culture without a calendar full of formal women’s events?”

Flashback: 8 Email Mistakes You Make

Here I identify 8 dumb email mistakes you may be making (which is to say, 8 dumb email mistakes I have found myself making). Many of these mistakes apply to everyone, though some apply primarily to those of us who tend to sit at a desk most of the day.

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

—Corrie Ten Boom

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  • 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.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…