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A La Carte (June 30)

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Grace and peace to you today.

We are wrapping up the month with a few new Kindle deals, including a highly regarded biography of Harriet Tubman.

(Yesterday on the blog: Not a Lack of Food, But a Lack of Hunger)

When the Mob Shows Up the Monday After Roe

Michael Lawrence: “About 7 p.m. on Monday, three days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe, between 75 and 100 people assembled at a park near the church I pastor in Portland, Oregon. In broad daylight, they marched to our office building two blocks away.”

God loves to surprise his children

I like this one. “Any parent will tell you, there is something fantastic about surprising your kids. Whether it is birthdays and Christmas, holidays or just a random treat, surprising your kids is wonderful. There is a rich seam of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram content centred on this very thing. Parents love surprising their children. God is no different.”

Life Is Precious

“Are children a limit on personal autonomy? Yes. There’s no getting around it. They take resources. They need help, care, support, food, time, energy, and the list goes on and on. They need everything supplied to them for a long time. And is there a better way to use autonomy than this?”

Dear Anxious Heart, I Want You To Know…

Amber has some encouraging words for those who struggle with anxiety.

I Despise My Sufferings. And I’m So Thankful For Them.

This is a strange paradox, but a familiar one.

60 Questions for Pro-Choice Christians

“I have 60 questions for any Christian who identifies as pro-choice. These are not meant to be dismissive, snarky, or rhetorical. They are much more helpful than calling an entire segment of people ‘bigots’ or ‘baby murderers.’”

Flashback: A Soul Physician

We are all responsible before God to be involved, to observe carefully, to diagnose accurately, and to treat patiently. Are you caring for the souls of others?

If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church: it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis. If there is no celebration, there is no real worship.

—Steve Brown

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