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A La Carte (July 5)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

Amazon has just put a batch of Christian books (hardcover and softcover, not Kindle) on sale at around 50%-60% off. They include: Grudem’s Systematic Theology; MacArthur Study Bible ESV, NASB, Spanish; Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken; Greg Koukl’s Tactics; Hays & Duvall’s Grasping God’s Word; Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar. You may be able to find more here.

Kenya’s Eco-Tax Revolt: A Christian Response

You may have heard about riots in Kenya that were sparked by a new “eco-tax.” Paul Schlehlein has a really interesting article about it. He covers the way the West places demands on developing nations, the fact that the borrower is slave to the lender, and the Christian responsibility toward the natural world.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: In Her Own Words (Video)

You probably heard that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has made a profession of faith in Christ. Glen Scrivener sat down with her to hear about it in her own words. I appreciate the way he teaches and disciples her along the way.

Thomas Jefferson, the Baptists, and a Giant Block of Cheese

Christian history doesn’t get a lot stranger than America’s early Baptists presenting Thomas Jefferson with a mammoth block of cheese. Here’s the odd story.

It Truly Rots the Bones

We have read that envy rots the bones. In this article, Kristin shows how very true and terrible that is.

Should a Christian Get Cremated?

“Prior to 1980 very few Canadians were cremated, but according to recent data, about 75% of Canadians are cremated today. Most choose cremation because it is slightly less expensive than burial. Some prefer it because they want their ashes scattered in a location that has been meaningful to them and to their family. With religion on the decline in Canada, many are choosing cremation because they do not wish to have a traditional funeral.” What should we make of this? And should Christians prefer burial to cremation?

Is the Bible Pro-Slavery?

Is the Bible pro-slavery? Though that’s a common charge, Jonathan Noyes takes issue with it.

Flashback: Daddy Needs a Vacation

God did not apologize for resting on the seventh day of creation—the One who needed no rest took a day off to display a truth, to teach a lesson. 

God made us to be light makers, and the spotlight is meant to shine right back on him.

—Jen Oshman

  • Protecting the Family Name

    Protecting the Family Name

    It is a conversation I had with my son-in-law while he was pursuing my daughter and expressing his interest in marrying her. It is a conversation I will need to have with a second son-in-law if the day comes when he expresses his interest in marrying my other daughter. It is a conversation about the…

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    A La Carte (July 17)

    A La Carte: Every place is a place to talk about Jehovah / A precious mystery / How marriage shows the beauty and poetry of the gospel / What should we learn from the immensity of the heavens? / Should we call church a family? / Commentary sale / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 16)

    A La Carte: All we have left undone / What does the Bible teach about divorce and remarriage? / How America’s premier theologian interpreted God’s providence after Lincoln’s assassination / Will God judge people for being born Muslim? / Theological discernment is for moms too / Prime Days / and more.

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Every Road and Every Sea

    Sunday Devotional: Every Road and Every Sea

    The Bible has proven its value as weaponry in the battle against spiritual foes, as a laboratory researching cures for spiritual maladies, and as a rich source of treasure in the accumulating of wisdom. It has proven itself a guide to the pathways of life and a chart to navigate the stormy seas of trial…