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A La Carte (June 5)

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Christians Fight to Bring Adopted Kids Home from Overseas

CT writes about adoptions that have been interrupted by the global pandemic. “Some families have been forced to call off adoptions from abroad due to procedural delays caused by the pandemic. The rest are left with unknown timelines in a process already made more complicated by increased regulation in recent years.”

The World is Praying for You, America

I appreciate what Rich Ernst writes here and hope you who live in America are encouraged by it. “Brothers and sisters all over the world are praying for peace, for reconciliation, for healing, and for safety in America.”

“A Thinking Person’s Checklist,” by Alan Jacobs

This is a helpful checklist.

What Are My Loved Ones Experiencing in the Present Heaven?

This subject was on my mind a couple of days ago as we came to my dad’s birthday—the first since he went to be with the Lord.

What You Need to Know about the Devil’s Tricks

“The reality of life for Christians is that we have an enemy. From the beginning of human history, the Devil has been looking for ways to manipulate, tempt, hurt, and ultimately destroy God’s people. One of his oldest tricks is persecution.”

What Do You Say to Evangelicals Who Affirm So-Called ‘Same-Sex Marriage’?

John Piper answers an important one. “As the LGBT movement strives to become mainstream, I’ve watched more and more believers give in to the culture by posting rainbow-colored affirmations on social media, hanging rainbow flags outside their homes, and even attending pride rallies in my city. I want to believe the best, but I am perplexed. How should we respond to fellow believers who make such affirmations?”

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Pandemic Restriction on Church Services

Joe Carter has a FAQ on a recent Supreme Court challenge.

Flashback: How John MacArthur began (and ended) His 42 Year Journey

What’s most striking, what’s most clear after these 50 years of ministry, it’s not just how well MacArthur knows the Word, it’s how deeply he knows the Shepherd.

See that you build upon nothing below Christ! See that you have a real interest in Christ. See that you die daily to sin, to the world, and to your own righteousness.

—Thomas Brooks

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    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

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