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A La Carte (July 31)


Good morning from South Korea. In just a few moments I’ll be heading eastbound and back to my home. If all goes well, I’ll be there by bedtime.

Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Should We Exercise “Pronoun Hospitality?”)

Why’d The Pigs Have to Die?

Yeah, that’s a good question: why did all those pigs have to die?

No One Who Abides In Him Keeps On Sinning

Justin addresses a sobering passage. “John is not condemning the one who is seeking to overcome sin, but the one who habitually gives into sin without repenting. John purposefully describes here the one who is (or is not) continually sinning (as is evident from the ‘linear present’, or continuing action, of the verbs in the original language).”

“A Distant Shore”

You may enjoy this new poem titled “A Distant Shore.”

Criticism Can Be a Blessing

Though criticism usually doesn’t seem so at the beginning, it can often prove a blessing in the long run. Barbara tells how that is true.

Warring with All of Creation

“I have been in a cosmic battle with principalities and squirrels. I’m not kidding—it has begun to feel like creation has a vendetta against me. It’s an ongoing conspiracy.”

Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?

It is perhaps one of the most contentious of all Christian beliefs (and always has been): that God cares who we sleeps with. This article from TGC Africa explains why God cares so much.

Flashback: Foster Your Friendships

Friendship is a great gift of God. Spiritual friendship, friendship shared in Christ, is an even greater gift. Spiritual friendship with other godly men is one of life’s greatest privileges and highest joys.

If a man could see sin as it is, he would no more embrace it than he would embrace a leper.

—De Witt Talmage

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