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A La Carte (June 8)


Good morning from Brazil. I’m in São Paulo this morning and making my way to Recife this afternoon. We will soon begin filming yet another episode of Worship Round the World.

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of good options.

(Yesterday on the blog: Your Loved Ones Love You Still)

The Upside-Down Metaphor: A Hermeneutical Critique of Josh Butler’s Beautiful Union

Anne Kennedy reviews Josh Butler’s now-infamous book. “In his provocative book, Beautiful Union: How God’s Vision for Sex Points Us to the Good, Unlocks the True, and (Sort of) Explains Everything,1 Josh Butler articulates a theological picture of God’s union with humanity in Christ that is sexual, rather than sacramental in nature. Butler makes exegetical and categorical errors that lead him to at least two theologically problematic conclusions.”

The Aim of Satan

What does Satan aim at in his engagements with us? This article explains.

How Can Leaders Become Difference Makers?

“Healthy, courageous leaders are humble, fearful followers.” —David M. Cook and Shane W. Parker (Sponsored Link)

Water into Wine?

Shane Rosenthal: “The account of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding of Cana is a well-known story from the Gospel of John. When commenting upon this passage, many focus on the exceptional quality of the wine that Jesus produced, while others prefer to highlight the enormous quantity … But in my opinion, the most noteworthy aspect of this famous story relates not to the quantity or qualityof the wine, but rather to its historical reality.”

What Is Pride?

Christina Fox explains what pride is all about.

Did the Puritans Agree on Eschatology?

Interesting! “Were the Puritans aligned in their eschatological views? Not quite. This article examines various Puritan theologies of eschatology that emerged between the 17th and 18th centuries, focusing on seven prominent Puritan writers and their unique perspectives.”

3 Ways Our Relationship With Social Media Warps Friendship

Chris Martin explains how social media changes (or warps) our friendships.

Flashback: What If Marriage Isn’t Making Me As Holy As I Had Hoped?

Our pursuits of holiness, whether our own or our spouse’s, are only ever incomplete pursuits. They are real and meaningful, but necessarily limited by the harsh reality that there is no perfection to be had on this side of the grave.

The great problem of living is not to escape hard and painful experiences, but in such experiences to keep the heart gentle, loving, and sweet.

—J.R. Miller

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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…