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A La Carte (June 25)


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Good Overcomes Evil

I was both alarmed and encouraged to read this update by missionaries in Uganda. “The meeting has the feeling of a town without defenses preparing for siege. The evil of a virus, of poverty and injustice, of unequal access to vaccines and oxygen … As the United States trends downward with rapidly dropping rates and hopeful summer concerts and plans, Uganda trends steeply upward with sorrow and uncertainty and restrictions.”

The Dearest Ache: Loving a Teenager

I enjoyed Melissa’s sweet and honest reflection on loving teenagers.

The Genesis of Long Lives

Nick Batzig: “Scripture teaches that there was then a progressive shortening of man’s lifespan from Noah to Abraham, and from Abraham to Moses. There are several important reasons why God purposed to allow the first generations of humanity to live as long as they did; and, there is a significant theological rationale for why He shortened the lifespan of humanity.”

Margin and Wonder

“Margin is not only for shelves and drawers and homes. Embracing margin is a chosen way of living that often paves a path to wonder.”

Social Media, Identity, and the Church

While reviewing a new book on social media, Tim Keller makes some really important observations about Christians and social media. “Social media is not primarily a place of public discussion of ideas. The ideas are ways to define oneself and signal belonging to a group, as well as to assign identities to others by associating them with groups you oppose. This is the reason social media has perfected the art of ‘bad faith readings’—interpreting a person’s words in the most uncharitable sense possible.”

On the Other Side of Stay-at-Home Orders

This article may be especially important to Christians in Canada and elsewhere who are just emerging from lockdowns and restrictions.

Little Bay (Video)

This is a neat video about the demise and eventual abandonment of Little Bay, a tiny community in Newfoundland.

Flashback: How an Emerging Church Pastor Inadvertently Changed My Life

In this unexpected way, the sermons of Charles Spurgeon, given to me by a proponent of the emerging church, were used by the Lord to transform my life.

Satan never fears your good intentions. Only your obedience drives him to distraction.

—Erwin Lutzer

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.