A La Carte (June 2)

Good morning from beautiful Villarrica, Chile, where I’ve settled in to record the next episode of Worship Round the World.

Become a Patron

I’m quite sure you’ll want to grab this month’s free book from Logos. Several of the nearly-free books are excellent picks as well. This month they are also featuring Eerdmans which means lots of good commentaries are on sale.

There are a few new Kindle deals to look at.

(Yesterday on the blog: Coming Soon: Understanding and Trusting Our Great God)

The Symbolism of the Rainbow

What is the rainbow all about according to the Bible? Here’s a good answer.

The Worthy Work of the Stay-at-Home Mom

“‘What about you? What do you do for work?’ I’m just a stay-at-home mom. Have you ever found yourself in this situation? Struggling with shame over this title, even though you chose it so long ago with such joy and purpose?”

The Evil That Haunts Us

This is a brief but powerful reflection on the fiftieth anniversary of The Gulag Archipelago.

What Is the Unpardonable Sin?

This is such a common question. So you may as well read R.C. Sproul’s answer!

Why Do We Pray for Our President?

John Piper: “Paul’s foremost thought is not that these prayers are prayers for Christian advocacy. I think this is crucial. He’s not telling us to pray that civil authorities would become a conscious weapon of explicitly Christian promotion of the faith. He’s thinking about pagan rulers who remain pagan but still are influenced by the providence of God to bring about, in their limited godless framework, some measure of justice and peace and freedom.”

Social Media Is Causing Our Children to Suffer

Joe Carter covers a recent story. “The U.S. surgeon general, Vivek Murthy, has issued a warning about the potential risks of social media on children’s mental health. Here’s why Christian parents should be concerned—and what we can do to protect our kids.”

Flashback: On Caring for the Property of Others

Sin obscures the truth, it blinds us to our own flaws, it persuades us that vice is virtue and virtue vice. There is some of the hypocrite in each of us, some degree of blindness, some measure of unwillingness to see and know the truth.

God uses sinners so that he will get the glory and so that he will get the glory in the vivid, repeating imagery of turning ashes to beauty. —Jared C. Wilson