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A La Carte (June 18)

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I used to wonder at what age an afternoon nap became a near-crucial component of daily life. The answer, it turns out, is whatever age I am now (which I believe is 43). And now you know the answer too.

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of solid and relatively new commentaries as well as a few other titles.

(Yesterday on the blog: How To Bear Up Under Your Burdens)

It’s Time for a New Culture War Strategy

Kevin DeYoung proposes a new strategy for the culture war. In this solution he’s revealing himself as a true Dutchman! “It’s always been a mistake to think we are one president or one Supreme Court justice away from a resounding victory in the culture war. Maybe there are more important ways to promote Christian virtue and preserve Christian orthodoxy in our world.”

Gospel Spreads Among Truck Drivers in West Africa

What a neat story of how the Lord’s working in West Africa. “In West Africa, truck driving is a dangerous and stressful job. Drivers face job insecurity, the threat of being robbed, extortion from corrupt policemen, and cultural and linguistic barriers as they cross through borders taking imports from the coast to landlocked countries farther east.”

COVID-19 Spiritual Health Check (Video)

Rico Tice has put together a video message that is well worth watching. “When our health is at stake, medics will check our vital statistics. But medics at my church long for their patients to take a spiritual health check, too. I’ve prepared this video to ask some vital questions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. How is your spiritual health?”

Google Maps, Mater, and Proverbs

I think you’ll enjoy reading this story (and learning the lesson from it).

Getting Practical: How to Host a Middle Eastern Friend

Sometimes we can generously extend hospitality, but then still be inadvertently offensive. That’s why this article is helpful as it gives tips on how to host a Middle Eastern friend.

Highest Death Toll During Corona || Numbers || Poem

Here’s a new poem from Glen Scrivener that speaks of a terrible tragedy.

Fear

I read both David French and Rod Dreher, so was interested in this article by Alan Jacobs as he takes a kind of middle ground between them. “I can’t help wondering what would happen if the Christians of America en masse started confessing their faith openly. Not going on a crusade against sexual deviancy or whatever — but simply saying that they believe that Jesus is Lord and that they hope to serve Him, which means to love the Lord their God with all their heart and all their soul and all their mind, and love their neighbors as themselves.”

Flashback: Not Worrying ≠ Not Caring

In those times we are fearful or uncertain, we can make ourselves believe that our worrying displays just how much we care, just how much our hearts are engaged. But it’s a false connection. The fact is, we can care deeply and never feel a single pang of worry.

…believe that God allows pain, sickness, and disease, not because he loves to trouble us, but because he desires to benefit our heart, and mind and conscience, and soul, to all eternity.

—J.C. Ryle

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