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A La Carte (June 7)

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The God of love and peace be with you today.

In today’s Kindle deals you’ll find Al Mohler’s The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down.

Westminster Books has the tremendous Focus on the Bible series of commentaries on sale. They are ideal for sermon preparation or personal study. The volumes by Dale Ralph Davis are typically considered especially strong. You’ll find discounts on individual volumes with deeper discounts on sets.

Feminism as a Critical Social Theory: Implications for Christians

This article will take a measure of time and concentration but will prove rewarding, I think. “With cultural conversations increasingly centered on the radical proposals of critical race theory and queer theory, discussions of gender and feminism seem almost obsolete. However, a deeper analysis reveals that contemporary feminism is a critical social theory which shares the same basic framework as its more extreme ideological cousins.”

Lessons From a Job Season

Travis shares some of what the Lord taught him through an extended Job season. “I yearned for answers that did not always come and prayed for relief that often seemed long delayed. But there were also plenty of ways in which I saw God’s hand clearly at work, and I want to share just a few of them.”

Was the Woman at the Well Married to Any of the Five Men?

Denny Burk suggests that we may not have properly translated a well-known passage. “There is one detail in Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well that caught my attention this time because I think it may be rendered incorrectly in most English translations.”

Holy Haggling: Learn to Pray Like Abraham

I’ve often thought about the way Abraham haggled with God. “At first glance, Abraham’s conversation with God in Genesis 18 may seem like one of the oddest stories in Scripture. Abraham haggling with God over the destruction of Sodom—and God negotiating the terms of judgment with a mere man? It’s a story I’d never have been bold enough to make up.”

The Other D-Day: Operation Forager

Kim Riddelbarger writes and records lots of interesting material. Yesterday, on the 80th anniversary of D-Day, he took a pause from writing theology to share an account of another consequential invasion.

The Problem With Livestreams

Patrick Miller writes about the problem (or one of the problems, at least) with livestreams. “A digital ministry, if you’re going to have one, can’t be skeuomorphic. It must be native to the digital platform. And the minute you go native, you must reflect on the nature of how that medium changes the message and the content itself—lest the medium become your message.”

Flashback: Your Loved Ones Love You Still

Though torn from this world and separated from their bodies for a time, they are not torn from who they were.

…the only way to be productive is to realize we don’t actually have to be productive (our goal is to please God, not appease God).

—Matt Perman

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    A La Carte (June 7)

    A La Carte: Feminism as critical social theory / Lessons from a Job season / Was the woman at the well married to any of the five men? / Holy haggling / The other D-Day / The problem with livestreams / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 6)

    A La Carte: Toward a Protestant pronatalism / The rise of hyperpleasures / Why only pastors can baptize / Fighting the “respectable” sins of gossip and slander / Can we forgive when the offender doesn’t repent? / 10 questions a Christian man should ask himself before making a marriage proposal / D-day / Kindle deals…

  • The Least of My Childrens Accomplishments

    The Least of My Children’s Accomplishments

    I know what it is to be a father and to take pride in the achievements of my children. I had not been a father for long when I learned that the least of my children’s accomplishments by far outshines the greatest of my own. Their smallest victory generates more delight than my largest and…

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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…