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A La Carte (June 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include volume 1 of The Works of William Perkins. Compared to the hardcover, you’ll save more than $40! There are a few other books as well.

Self-Examination Speaks a Thousand Lies

Self-examination is an important practice, but also a hazardous one if not done well. This article offers wise counsel.

Why Do We Lie?

Speaking of lies, why do we lie anyway? Ryan Reeves says he was “was struck by how often the Bible speaks of our deceit and lies. I was struck, too, how easily it is to convince ourselves we are not the ones who fall into this category. Lying, sinful people must be somewhere in Babylon, not here in my heart.”

Beating Parish Boundaries With Sticks

Here’s a quirky tradition with some deep historical roots.

Two Ways to React When Death Comes

Jordan Standridge has a comforting reflection on the inevitability and reality of death. (Hey, Jordan, I met your dad in Rome on Sunday!)

The Transgender Revolution and the Rubble of Empty Promises

Yes, the transgender revolution, like the wider sexual revolution, is full of empty promises. “The sexual revolution has always whispered promises of this kind of godlike self-autonomy. After a generation of no-fault divorce, cohabitation, ubiquitous pornography, and the cultural unhinging of sex from marriage and marriage from childbearing, it seems inevitable that Western culture is now decoupling sexuality from even its most basic reality: gender.”

10 Things You Should Know about the Protestant Reformation in England

Here’s a nice little introduction to the coming of the Reformation in England.

The Things You Learn When You’re a Mother

Melissa shares a few lessons learned as a mother.

Flashback: What’s In “The Look?”

Not every look turns into adultery, but all adultery begins with the look.

A loyal few is better than a fickle multitude.

—Shai Linne

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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.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…