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A La Carte (July 4)

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(Yesterday on the blog: Make Some Return To Your Parents)

The Most Radical Mission For Christians May Be The Most Mundane

“It’s not that we should lower our expectations or squelch the ambitious visionaries in our midst. It’s just that sometimes the most effective mission is the patient, quiet, unheralded…”

Is It Bigoted Not to Date Someone Who Is Transgendered?

The majority of people who claim to support transgenderism and to eradicate differences between genders are still unwilling to date a transgendered person. “Nearly 90% of individuals–including gays and lesbians–would not consider dating someone who is transgendered. Is this because of bigotry against men who identify as women and women who identify as men? Or do these findings reveal a weakness in the ideology of transgenderism?”

Pictures of Preachers

It’s always amazing to me how often God uses word pictures to help us understand truth.

The World’s Shortcut (Video)

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Panama Canal to the world today. Here’s a brief history and a description of how it works.

How Many of the Founding Fathers Went to “Seminary”?

It’s not unusual to hear that many of the Founding Fathers went to seminary. But did they really? “Advocates of a Christian influence in America’s founding have plenty of evidence to work with, but too often that evidence has been stretched beyond reasonable historical limits.”

The Rise of the Only Child

This article provides a secular look at the rising phenomenon of one-child families. “In recent decades, something has begun to shift. Families are shrinking, and improvements in gender equality have made childbearing more of a question than a given. As Gen X and millennial women prioritize personal and career goals, as couples marry and start their families later in life, more parents find themselves mulling the logistical, financial and philosophical possibilities of a smaller family: What would it mean for them if they had only one child? What would it mean for their offspring?”

A Heartfelt Open Letter to CNN’s Alysin Camerota

“Dear Ms. Camerota. A few weeks ago, I listened as you interviewed Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill on the issue of Indiana’s law banning eugenic abortions. I was saddened by your curiosity, ‘…why would you want a family to have to have a child with a severe disability?’”

Flashback: Honestly Assessing Our Decision to Public School Our Kids

Did we make a good and wise choice or did we blow it? I wanted to hear it from him, so decided to ask him a few questions about his experience.

God can look sourly, and chide bitterly, and strike heavily, even where and when he loves dearly.

—Thomas Brooks

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.