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A La Carte (June 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books that you may want to add to your collection.

The Popular Christian Article We Need Fewer Of

Yes! “The internet could use more of a lot of things. It could use more hilarious gifs, more cute animal pictures, and absolutely more people being nice. But there’s one thing it could use fewer of—Christians speaking with simultaneous confidence and inexperience.”

Puberty Blockers Aren’t the Answer to Gender Confusion

A new study shows what should be clear: Puberty blockers aren’t the answer to gender confusion.

Why Biblical Archaeology Matters

Fascinating! “In the mid 1840s the British archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard made a spectacular discovery. In the throne room of king Sennacherib’s Southwest Palace at Nineveh (near Mosul, Iraq today) Layard uncovered a series of beautifully carved stone reliefs that told a grisly tale of siege, capture, and destruction.”

I Am the Center of the Universe

I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot lately and am glad to see Jared Wilson put it into words.

The Not So Simple Life

Living with simplicity is all the rage. “But my question is, Are we, just maybe, seeking after something that can never really be obtained this side of Paradise? Maybe seeking simple is really just another way we are all chasing after the wind. Is simple living just a vapor that cannot be grasped or is it a valuable state of being that should be sought after, striven for, and attained?”

A Faithful Steward of My Other Pulpit

H.B. Charles Jr. considers faithfully stewarding his other “pulpit.” “Ultimately, I am my biggest problem when it comes to social media. I would not dare go to the pulpit where I pastor to speak without prayer and preparation. But the accessibility of my social media ‘pulpit’ permits (maybe, encourages) me to speak out on an issue without forethought about the what I say, how I speak, or the consequences of my words.”

Christian Reflections on Ontario Bill 89

Yesterday I shared someone’s reflections on a Canadian bill that has recently been passed; here’s one on a concerning bill from the province of Ontario. “The passing of Ontario’s Bill 89 Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017 has created intense reactions in the Christian community in both Canada and the United States. It is not every day that Al Mohler Jr. and Franklin Graham comment about legislation passed in the Province of Ontario, and their interest is one sign that this Bill represents a significant development.”

How a Powder Revolutionized Baking

This is a fun little history of something we take for granted. “In 19th-century America, making a cake was an ordeal. ‘The flour should be dried before the fire, sifted and weighed; currants washed and dried; raisins stoned; sugar pounded, and rolled fine and sifted; and all spices, after being well dried at the fire, pounded and sifted,’ reads a common cake recipe in the 1841 cookbook Early American Cookery.”

Flashback: God Does Not Owe Us a Happy Ending

We all desire happy endings to our suffering. Of course we do. But God does not owe us a happy ending and he does not owe us the answers. At times he chooses to give one or both.

People are seeking this or that quality in their wives. I say, “Give me a praying wife.”

—Thomas Charles

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    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

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    A La Carte (February 22)

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