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A La Carte (June 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books that are worth a quick look. It has been a pretty good week on the Kindle front!

Don’t Leave Those Kids Alone

It’s been said that “Let no one despise you for your youth” is an incomprehensible passage today. A “cursory look at our culture (such as our clothing selections, diet regimens, and social media accounts) easily demonstrates the infatuation with youthfulness. However, I think this there is an entire book of the Bible that is incomprehensible in our culture: the book of Proverbs.” I’d tend to agree.

A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body

The New York Times gives the liver it’s due. Sadly (and predictably) they give all credit to evolution. But as a Christian you can read it and marvel at God. “We have mechanical ventilators to breathe for you if your lungs fail, dialysis machines if your kidneys fail, and the heart is mostly just a pump, so we have an artificial heart. But if your liver fails, there’s no machine to replace all its different functions, and the best you can hope for is a transplant.”

A Father’s Example of a Legacy Worth Leaving

I think I linked to this before, but it’s worth reading again.

The Institution that Shocked a Nation

Here’s the horrifying story of Willowbrook, the institution that shocked America into changing her laws. “By 1969, Willowbrook, designed with a capacity for 4,000 patients, reached its peak of 6,200. It was the largest mental institution in the United States, and host to some of the country’s most deplorable living conditions.”

God Desires Your Heart, Not Your Degree

“As we immerse ourselves in study, we must keep at the forefront of our minds not only what we study, but for whom.”

The Overpopulation Myth

“Our disobedience can be destructive – our self-centeredness greed, jealousy, and hatred can cause real harm. But not our obedience. That’s why the begetting of many children is not something we need feel guilty about, or refrain from, out of concern for the climate. We can be certain that the world’s doom will not be caused by us, in obedience, listening to God and having children.”

A Mother Teresa Relic

A relic of Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa of Calcutta)–a drop of her blood–is being taken to Roman Catholic Churches throughout Ireland. It has its own Facebook page where you can see it being venerated by crowds of people. There’s also a video to tell you how to properly venerate it. The Reformation isn’t over!

Flashback: Making the Case: Abortion

How can we make a case against abortion? How can Christians convince others that abortion is wrong? I asked my friend André Schutten for help.

Christian giving is to be marked by self-sacrifice and self-forgetfulness, not by self-congratulation.

—John Stott

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    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…

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    A La Carte (May 21)

    A La Carte: A theology of immigration / Christian catholicity in an online age / Violent pornography’s assault on the marriage bed / Heresy that warrants no apology / Franchising church / With each passing moment / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Why Do I Feel Such Profound Loneliness?

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

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    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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    A La Carte (May 20)

    A La Carte: What media got wrong about supposed Christian self-immolation / We are walking on holy ground / “His Glory and My Good” / How pop Nietzscheanism masquerades as Christianity / Why a full calendar doesn’t necessarily produce mature church members / Thinking biblically about social justice / John Piper Kindle deals / and…