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A La Carte (June 15)


(Quick note: Some of you are reading Holy Helps for a Godly Life With Me. I am pushing back this week’s article for one week. Some people had trouble securing a copy of the book, so I’m delaying the next reading by a week. Check back next Thursday!)

Today’s Kindle deals includes a small collection of books to look over.

(Yesterday on the blog: Living the Dream: An Interview with Voddie Baucham)

Differences Between the Qur’an and the Bible: An Introduction

Cripplegate is beginning what should be a helpful series on the differences between the Qur’an and the Bible.

Are We Worrying Too Much About Kids On Their Phones?

“The sense of uneasiness we feel is not because we’re convinced that the phone is doing something awful to our children, or that predators are lurking behind every online interaction. It’s the belief that we were made for something more than staring at a screen all day. It’s the fear that these technological gains have come at the cost of our humanity. The fear that, as acquaintances have grown in number, friendships have thinned. That, as communication has gotten easier, true understanding has gotten harder.”

The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men

With Father’s Day, this weekend, Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Trust are offering the ebook edition of The Masculine Mandate by Richard Phillips as a free download. Please share this offer with your fathers, sons, and brothers in Christ. (Sponsored Link)

When The Bodies Start Washing Up On The Shore

This is doubtlessly going to prove true: “Forty years from now the bodies of the current claims by this latest iteration of the Sexual Revolution will start to wash up on the show. Many a person, many an institution, including – sadly – many a church, is pronouncing this iteration, this expression, as the one that will finally break the shackles of the old sexual world and release us into utopia. That is a triumph of hope over experience. The bodies will continue to be washed up on the shore.”

Why Do Baseball Managers Wear the Team’s Uniform Instead of a Suit Like In Other Sports?

We’ve all wondered this one, haven’t we? “Football coaches wear clothes bearing their team’s logo thanks to the NFL’s push to sell more merchandise. Basketball coaches stand on the sideline in collared shirts and blazers looking for a neat, professional look.”

A Vision for Getting Older

“Something strange happens as you get older. You get a little smarter, primarily because you learn from all the mistakes you’ve made over the years. Essentially, though, you’re the same. But people start to look at you differently. They think you know more than you do, simply because you’ve lasted. We gain credibility simply by remaining faithful over a prolonged period of time.”

Applying Difficult Passages – Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

“We know that all Scripture is meant to shape us for good (2 Tim. 3:16-17) but what happens when we encounter passages that defy connection to our daily lives? Numbers 5:11-31 is one such passage–if you’ve never read it, now would be a good time! Briefly, it records the procedure to follow when a husband suspects his wife of being unfaithful in the absence of witnesses.” And then it gets a bit strange, doesn’t it?

Andy Stanley, Modern Liberal

Here is further proof that many of the challenges of today are best handled by looking to the writings of yesterday. There isn’t much new in the world!

Flashback: The Things You Think You Can Handle On Your Own

What kinds of things do I not pray about? The things I neglect to pray about are the things I believe I can handle on my own, the things for which I don’t think I need God’s wisdom, perspective, or intervention.

You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.

—Jonathan Edwards

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.