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A La Carte (June 6)


There are a few Kindle deals to look through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Affirming God’s Image)

‘Top Secret’ Maps Reveal the Massive Allied Effort Behind D-Day

National Geographic has a really good overview of D-Day, the planning that went into it, and the weeks that followed. (This is, after all, the 75th anniversary of that day.)

What Is Your Crazy Dream?

I enjoyed Anne Kennedy’s kind of snarky look at the latest lifestyle guru to tell you to discover and pursue your crazy dream. “Do I have to have a crazy dream? Couldn’t it just be that I both try to fulfill my obligations in life, to worship God rather than myself, and to do the things that I find interesting in and of themselves, for their own sake rather than for the ends they might serve?”

10 Questions for Examining Your Life

If you think you’d benefit from a time of deliberate self-examination, here’s a guide that may prove helpful. “God has given two gifts to help you examine yourself successfully. These are his Word and his Spirit. The Word will show you sins and failings. The Spirit will open your eyes to see them. Self-examination, rightly pursued, will bring great benefits to your Christian life.”

Biblical Metaphors for the Christian Life

I love the topic of this month’s Tabletalk magazine: Biblical metaphors for the Christian life. There’s a selection of articles to read.

What Does It Mean When a Product Is ‘Amazon’s Choice’?

Essentially, it probably doesn’t mean much. Do your own research and don’t assume Amazon is guiding you to the best option.

What We Lose When We Collapse the Four Gospels into One

“So what do we lose when we collapse the four Gospels into one? I believe we lose at least three things: the author’s unique perspective, the artistry of the story, and the apologetic of the life of Jesus.”

Against Open Doors

Aaron Denlinger: “Sometimes a closed door simply needs to be pushed on harder. Sometimes an open door needs to be passed by. The wisdom and biblical principles that govern decision making should always take precedence over providential ‘signs’ that Scripture never bids us decipher.”

Flashback: The Bible’s Three Big Lessons on Debt

Debt is not always wrong, but in most cases it is inadvisable. It is the better part of wisdom to avoid debt whenever possible, to enter it with only the utmost caution, and to discharge it at the earliest opportunity.

The mere fact itself that God’s will is irresistible and irreversible fills me with fear, but once I realize that God wills only that which is good, my heart is made to rejoice.

—A.W. Pink

  • 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.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    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.