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A La Carte (June 2)

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There are some solid Kindle deals for newer books as well as classics. You may also want to take a look at Amazon’s general market monthly deals.

Logos has a commentary that is free for the taking, and a few others that are substantially discounted.

(Yesterday on the blog: COVID-19 and the Future of the Christian Conference)

A Prayer for Mercy

Kevin DeYoung’s prayer for mercy is urgent and timely.

Safetyism Isn’t the Problem

It’s early in the month so you should have some free New York Times articles, right? This one is good, and while it’s directed at the pandemic, much of it is more widely applicable. “If politicians would reject the tribalism of partisanship and do the hard job of listening — with open-mindedness and curiosity — to those with whom they disagree, we’d stand a much better chance of protecting both lives and livelihoods from not only the effects of the pandemic, but the effects of our responses to it.”

Peter Jackson’s LOTR Was an Improbable Miracle, and We’re Lucky to Have It

Can you believe it has been almost 20 years since the first of the Lord of the Rings films was released? “As you tally up the factors that were working against Jackson and LOTR at the time, it becomes clear that the eventual faithfulness and smashing success, both critical and commercial, of this trilogy were nothing short of miraculous. Peter Jackson pulled off something nearly impossible, something that would probably never happen today for a bevy of reasons. We should acknowledge just how lucky we are that he made these films exactly when he did.” (Note: A couple of bad words.)

The Unsettled Legacy of John Paul II One Hundred Years since His Birth

Leonardo De Chirico writes about the legacy of John Paul II one hundred years after his birth and focuses on some of the Protestant appreciations of his life and legacy.

The Unknown Martyrs Who Became Catacomb Saints

Speaking of Catholicism, it is inexorably connected to the veneration of relics. This article explores how so many relics of martyrs came to rest in European cities and why they ended up bedecked with jewels.

Reviving the Lost Art of Letter Writing

There’s no doubt that letters accomplish something text messages don’t and can’t. “A simple letter has the power to inspire hope, instill confidence, and initiate action. A letter communicates devoted love and lifts the human spirit. A letter unshackles the hands and feet, inspires hearts and minds, and communicates love and support to the people we care about.”

Losing Freedoms and Finding Renewal

John Starke writes about what we may find in the loss of certain freedoms. “In our COVID-19 world, here is a shortened version of the story of modernity: we were told what we can do (freedom), which turned into what we should do (burden), and now what we can’t do (anxiety). It’s a tragedy but with loads of potential for spiritual renewal.” (See also: When the Props Are Removed.)

The preacher of God’s word must remember that at the end of the day it is not creativity or excellence or winsomeness that wins hearts to Christ but the sufficient and powerful word of God.

—Jared Wilson
Jared Wilson

  • The Way You Walk

    The Way You Walk

    You can tell a lot about people by the way they walk, can’t you? You can tell a lot about their physical health, their emotional state, and perhaps even their spiritual condition. You can often tell at a glance whether they are healthy or ill, joyful or sorrowful, delighting or despondent. Consider a company of…

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    A La Carte (June 7)

    A La Carte: Feminism as critical social theory / Lessons from a Job season / Was the woman at the well married to any of the five men? / Holy haggling / The other D-Day / The problem with livestreams / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 6)

    A La Carte: Toward a Protestant pronatalism / The rise of hyperpleasures / Why only pastors can baptize / Fighting the “respectable” sins of gossip and slander / Can we forgive when the offender doesn’t repent? / 10 questions a Christian man should ask himself before making a marriage proposal / D-day / Kindle deals…

  • The Least of My Childrens Accomplishments

    The Least of My Children’s Accomplishments

    I know what it is to be a father and to take pride in the achievements of my children. I had not been a father for long when I learned that the least of my children’s accomplishments by far outshines the greatest of my own. Their smallest victory generates more delight than my largest and…

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    A La Carte (June 5)

    A La Carte: 3 waves that have shaped evangelical churches (and a 4th on the way) / When is a couple considered married? / A Christian’s practical guide to reproductive technology / Don’t be half a Berean / Wisdom is work / This body is only the seed / Book and Kindle deals / and…

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    A La Carte (June 4)

    A La Carte: The blame game / Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be / A kind invitation and lifelong friendship / Steered into error by those closest to you / Satan as “prince of the air” / Under the eaves / General market books / and more.