A La Carte (March 12)

Today’s Kindle deals include a whole load of books from Zondervan, many of which will appeal to those of you who are academically inclined.

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(Yesterday on the blog: What’s the Purpose (and the Benefit) of Family Devotions?)

What It’s Like to ‘Vote’ in North Korea

Voting for the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) is mandatory and there’s no choice of candidates. Any kind of dissent is unheard of. Turnout is always close to 100% and approval for the governing alliance is unanimous.” I guess that’s why ‘vote’ is in quotes… 

Biblical Principles for Ethnic Harmony

H.B. Charles has written about the fundamentals of ethnic harmony. “The good news is that ethnic harmony is possible! For this to happen, the church must be the church. And the church can only live out its Christ-given nature, calling, and mission by confidence in and submission to biblical truth. The word of God is the answer.”

When You Make Your Bed in Hell

This is some powerful writing. “I thank Him that he didn’t take my direction. I thank God that He kept me when I asked Him not to. I marvel and wonder that He thought it best to hear my words and not willingly grant me my ask. That somehow within a few years time, when I had followed the path that gave me the most earthly freedom and joy and I realized it was all dust in my mouth and moths in my heart, He was still there. In fact, when I made my bed in hell, He was there.”

I think this statement on sexual abuse from Jennifer Lyell is important on a number of levels. I’m thankful for her willingness to provide it.

The Nine Deadly Sins of Progressivism

Here are the nine deadly sins of progressivism. You don’t need to look far around you to see these on display.

What Is Islam?

“There’s as much diversity in the Muslim world as there is in the Christian world. Just as we wouldn’t want non-Christians to pigeonhole us with a ‘one size fits all’ view of Christianity, we should acknowledge and respond appropriately to the plurality of perspectives, traditions, and practices that exist among contemporary Muslims. In this article, we’ll survey some major points of diversity found in Islam today and consider the implications for how we engage with Muslims.”

The Equality Act Accelerates Anti-Christian Bias

The Equality Act is not going to result in equality for everyone.

Flashback: There Is Nothing Trite About It!

Recently, prayer has been maligned as an insignificant, wasteful, or even cruel practice as a response to another person’s pain or trial or difficulty.

The less said about me the better. —William Carey