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A La Carte (June 11)

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Over the weekend I read Doc, the new biography of Roy Halladay. It is well done and will appeal to baseball fans who are missing the game as much as I am. (An interesting note: the cover of the American edition has him wearing Phillies garb, while the Canadian cover has him wearing his Blue Jays uniform.)

It’s slim pickings for Kindle deals today, but there are at least a couple.

(Yesterday on the blog: Blessed Are the Weak!)

The Gospel For Rachel Hollis

Author and celeb Rachel Hollis announced her divorce and Anne Kennedy offers some thoughts. “Ms. Hollis is not lying on her Instagram. She is displaying what she believes to be good and right, and that is to have an awesome life where she is the heroine. She puts forth the image and then strives, by any means necessary, to conform her life to her vision. She sketches out her ideal self and then ‘rises’ to meet and enact that self. When she fails, everyone cries ‘hypocrite’ but she hasn’t been lying, she has been rising. She just fell before she got there.”

Grounds for Divorce: Why I Now Believe There Are More Than Two

Any time a noteworthy theologian changes his views on a major matter, it’s worth reading how and why he has done so. Here is Wayne Grudem’s explanation of why he now believes there are more than two grounds for divorce.

How to Pray for Your Kids This Summer

Not sure what to pray for your children as you (and they) head into summer? Sam Crabtree has some suggestions.

Can a Christian be Cursed?

While you may not be too concerned with curses, many Christians (and non-Christians) are. “I have witnessed people whose lives were ruined by their fear of the past. In Uganda, many dedicate their Friday overnight prayers to confessing the sins of their forefathers. The tragedy is that these same sins will be re-confessed next week, even months or years from now. This practice is repeated weekly without any hint that previous prayers availed at all. This ritualistic pattern of prayer grants pastor’s great power over their congregants, while also weakening believers’ trust in the efficacy of the cross of Christ and work of the Spirit.”

Listening to Each Other in Prayer

Did I ever enjoy this brief message and prayer from Dr. Charles Ware!

Empathize with Good Cops in This Time of Rightly Calling out Bad Ones

Randy Alcorn has been sharing his perspective on racial justice, but also wants to praise police officers who are carrying out their calling well. “Just as bad cops deserve to be condemned and prosecuted, good cops deserve to be praised and commended. So for any of the men and women in law enforcement, whether followers of Jesus or not, who serve their communities and people of every color with respect and justice and who speak up when necessary to their fellow cops and defend the right way to treat all people, THANK YOU!”

A Plea to Christians who Protest

Jordan Strandridge: “There are many injustices on earth. Some are more serious than others. As Christians we should care about justice and we should seek to pray to God to end injustice. Each Christian must consider how God might use them to deal with these issues and through the Word of God and multitude of counselors God has provided for them in their church, must decide their level of involvement in the end of injustice. But as you march to end injustice you must put your head up and look at who you are marching with, and your heart must break over the hypocrisy in the hearts of those around you.”

Flashback: When My Fashion Accessory Told Me To Take a Hike

There was a day when one of my fashion accessories talked back. It told me to take a hike. I had said something about it on Facebook or Twitter or snapped a picture of it for Instagram and it was none too pleased. It said it to me nicely enough, but the point was clear: cut it out.

We don’t get to pick the age we will live in, and we don’t get to choose all the struggles we will face. Faithfulness is ours to choose; the shape of that faithfulness is God’s to determine.

—Kevin DeYoung

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