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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.

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

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.