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A La Carte (June 4)

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The Lord be with you and bless you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a very long list of general market deals that may be of interest, especially if you’re looking for some good summer reading.

(Yesterday on the blog: How Can You Mumble?)

Satan, the ‘Prince of the Air’ — What Does That Mean?

John Piper dives into the meaning of the phrase “prince of the air” that is used to describe Satan.

The Blame Game

After causing his son to fail his driver’s test, Casey McCall considers the blame game that we all play at one time or another.

Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used to Be: Why a New Housing Estate Won’t Bring Back Community

We can sometimes experience a kind of nostalgia for an older way of living and relating to our neighbors. But Stephen explains why we won’t ever get certain things back.

A Kind Invitation; A Lifelong Friendship

“Each woman extended the ‘gift of place’ to someone in need. The gift of place is not just a physical location; it is that place where one is accepted, affirmed, and allowed to grow. Each woman also made her guests feel welcome, wanted, and worth the trouble. Those 3 ‘W’s’—welcome, wanted, and worth the trouble– are the hallmark characteristics of biblical hospitality.”

Steered Into Error by Those Closest to You

“Are there people in your family or in your friend circles who are trying to turn your convictions away from God’s Word and to error? Are you being pressured to comprise what is Right in order to support someone pursuing what is Wrong?” Sometimes it is the people who are closest to us who can steer us into terrible error.

Under the Eaves

Andrea writes a word of encouragement for “you who are parched and weary, hope dried and dying in a harsh land; you, living in the drought of crushed expectations. To you, who thirst for a wild and rushing wind bearing the scent of water…”

Flashback: The Space Between Courting and Hooking Up

The world insists dating has no real meaning while the church insists dating has the ultimate meaning. Courtship and hooking up are two very different approaches for a relationship, but they share a common consequence: They put too much weight on too weak a relationship.

A single day in hell will be worse than a whole life spent in carrying the cross.

 —J.C. Ryle

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    A La Carte (June 4)

    A La Carte: The blame game / Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be / A kind invitation and lifelong friendship / Steered into error by those closest to you / Satan as “prince of the air” / Under the eaves / General market books / and more.

  • Bring Your Skills to the Missions World

    This week the blog is sponsored by TWR, also known as Trans World Radio, and is called to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. Pete and Debbie Lee were living the American dream. The parents of two children, the Lees lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, and were…

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    How Can You Mumble?

    Some of my most meaningful moments of public worship have been in settings where I did not speak the language. I have stood with a congregation in rural Zambia as they’ve clapped and moved and praised the Lord in Bemba, a language that is utterly unknown to me. I’ve sat with a congregation in the…

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    A La Carte (June 3)

    A La Carte: Life doesn’t always turn out like we thought it would / Hope for fallen Christians / AI as theological babel fish / Teenagers and parental hypocrisy / Is there a preferred Bible translation Christians should use? / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Celebration of Friendship

    A Celebration of Friendship

    I may not be going too far out on a limb when I suggest that you have probably not heard the name Anna Laetitia Barbauld. For various reasons she has been largely forgotten by history, and this despite achieving a significant level of fame in the eighteenth century. Though at one time she was a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 1)

    A La Carte: The desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary / 12 things that happened on the cross / How can I be a Christian in my workplace? / Five questions for our skepticism / The sanction of sin / Never let a crisis go to waste: AI, statism, and the threats to free speech /…