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A La Carte (June 9)

Everything You (Might Have) Wanted to Know About Writing and Publishing

Jared Wilson fills you in. (So, too, does Mark Jones at a different site.)

Read Like a Reader

This is so true: “This strict, make-every-book-count approach drained the fun out of reading. It left no room for fiction, and I started to read fewer books overall. I grew tired of rising to intellectual heights every time I found my bookmark.”

Embracing My Adoption

This story comes from a Pregnancy Care Centre in this area. Karmyn tells what it was like to grow up as an adopted child and then meet her birth mother. She also talks about a defining moment in her life: discovering she was conceived through rape.

When Your Political Ideology Turns On You

Trevin Wax continues his skilled cultural analysis, this time looking at actvists at colleges. “In most cases, the activists and their opponents all share the same worldview. They are multicultural, educated, and liberal in their politics. But they are caught between the ideal of free expression and the reality of identity politics.”

Don’t Follow Your Passion

Mike Rowe has some good counsel for young people: Don’t follow your passion. Kind of.

Likes, LOLs, and Longing

The Washington Post tells what it’s like to grow up as a girl in this strange new age.

This Day in 1834. 182 years ago today, William Carey, the Baptist “Father of Modern Protestant Missions,” died. *

Bach, Prelude in C-sharp Major

This is a fascinating visualization of a great piece of music.

I’m an Atheist. So Why Can’t I Shake God?

Someone recently asked, “I’m an Atheist. So Why Can’t I Shake God?” That’s a great question that the Bible is happy to answer.

Flashback: The Fault in Our Stars

This was an attempt to review the mega-selling book for teens, The Fault in Our Stars. “As far as I can see, Green has not written teens as they are, but as they’d like to be perceived.”

Watson

The right manner of growth is to grow less in one’s own eyes.

—Thomas Watson

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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…