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A La Carte (June 5)

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This week at Westminster Books you’ll find a deal on a book titled The Good Gift of Weakness. Be sure to scroll down to also look at their collection of New and Noteworthy books that are also on sale.

I dug up some new Kindle deals today. Some of them are a dollar or two higher than the sweet spot, but they are still worth a look.

3 Waves That Have Shaped Evangelical Churches (And a 4th on the Way)

While he necessarily needs to simplify matters a bit, Trevin Wax does a good job of tracing three waves that have shaped evangelical churches today. He proposes a fourth that could now be on the way.

When Is a Couple Considered Married?

What is it that makes a marriage? Is it a certificate? Is it the act of consummation? Is it the assent of parents? Robby Lashua looks for biblical data to answer the question.

A Christian’s Practical Guide to Reproductive Technology

“In vitro fertilization (IVF) is not mentioned in the Bible. Some Christians have concluded that this means the Bible is agnostic on IVF, a reproductive technology where sperm fertilizes an egg in a petri dish. While it is true that the words ‘in vitro fertilization’ do not explicitly appear, the Bible has a lot to say about infertility, technology, and the value of life from the moment of conception.”

Don’t Be Half a Berean

It’s important to imitate those noble Bereans all the way (and not, as we may be tempted to do, to imitate them only halfway).

Wisdom Is Work

“The mature are those who have powers of discernmenttrained. The wisdom to tell the difference between true and false, right and wrong, wise and foolish, requires training. What kind of training? Training through constant practice. We aren’t talking about going on a course to be wise, we’re talking about wisdom developing over time by using it. It takes time.”

This Body Is Only the Seed

What a joy and a comfort it is to know that our earthly bodies are to our resurrection bodies what a seed is to a mighty oak tree.

Flashback: And You Shall Never Displease Me

People fail to live up to our standards because it’s impossible for them to live up to our standards. And neither should they, for we have no right to call people to live to any standard other than God’s.

In the pain of life there are hidden treasures. God does not call us to be masochists who enjoy suffering, but he does call us to be grace-hunters—people who see glimpses of his glory in the mess of life and let our hearts sing.

—Helen Thorne

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    A La Carte (June 5)

    A La Carte: 3 waves that have shaped evangelical churches (and a 4th on the way) / When is a couple considered married? / A Christian’s practical guide to reproductive technology / Don’t be half a Berean / Wisdom is work / This body is only the seed / Book and Kindle deals / and…

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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…