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A La Carte (June 21)

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Good morning. May grace and peace be with you on this day and through the week ahead.

Today’s Kindle deals are a bit of a hodgepodge, but there are lots of options.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Children’s Hour)

When I Discovered I Had 3 Fathers

This is quite an article by Blair Line. “When my grandmother died in the summer of 2019, my family bought our black suits and dresses and packed our bags. After the service, a family member commented about a poem I recited during the service, ‘Lil Man’s daughter is so talented.’ The comment caught me by surprise. It wasn’t because of the grief we shared, nor because of the generous compliment he had given. It was because Lil Man is not my father’s nickname. Dee is.”

Jen Hatmaker Quits “church” and Invites You to Join Her

Joshua Rogers: “I quit being part of a church for a few months when I was in my mid-twenties. I had been a regular churchgoer my whole life, so it wasn’t something I (or those who knew me) expected.”

The Power of Reviling and the Response of the Gospel

“I am convinced that the single biggest thing that keeps Christians in the West from being open about their faith is the specter of being reviled.” I’d tend to agree.

Why Do You Want to Be Happy?

We take it as a given that we all want to be happy. But have we considered why we want to be happy?

What Meek Family Leadership Looks Like

Justin Huffman offers some thoughts on what it looks like to lead your family while displaying meekness.

The Ordinary War with Irritability

Bobby Scott: “If your consistent response to testing circumstances or challenging people is to become annoyed or angry, then you are irritable. But I have good news for you. Because of Jesus, believers can have godly attitudes even when our patience is tried, and we don’t have to make self-justifying excuses when we don’t. We can confess our failure as sin, knowing Jesus forgives.”

7 Ways Not To Provoke Your Children

This article by Oyewole Akande was written specifically for an African context, but applies far beyond.

Flashback: God Does Not Owe Us a Happy Ending

There is danger in our dedication to happy endings. We may come to believe that God extends his goodness and grace only in those situations that end happily.

…what is the best means of cheerfulness in such a world as this? How shall we get through this valley of tears with least pain? I know no better means than the regular, habitual practice of taking everything to God in prayer.

—J.C. Ryle

  • 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.