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A La Carte (March 14)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

There are some Christian and general market Kindle deals available today.

(Yesterday on the blog: We Who Have Few Talents and Sparse Gifts)

How Do Our Kids Stay Christian?

There is a lot to chew on in this article about raising children to be believers. For what it’s worth, I might not push quite so hard toward keeping the whole family together the whole service as a necessary action, but I do think there’s something to be said for minimizing the role of programs that take kids from the public worship service.

The Princess of Wales and the Danger of Commodified Esteem

“Recent headlines about the Prince and Princess of Wales have been something of a depressing affair. The story is domestic and mundane… [But] more interesting than the story itself is the story it tells about human nature, particularly in our present cultural moment. There is an element of Promethean paranoia around the public reaction to a rejected photo…”

The Receding Tides of New Atheism

“If anyone should tell the story of how secular thinkers are considering Christianity again, it is someone with a front-row seat to the show.” And, indeed, someone with that perspective has written about a surprising trend away from atheism.

Why Did Plural Eldership Decline in Baptist Life?

That’s a good question with an interesting answer. Why did plural eldership decline among Baptists?

Enemies on the Narrow Road

“They were gaining on me. Every breath I took was weighed down by the awareness that they were close behind. I had entered at the narrow gate, but somehow, they had managed to follow me onto the path. I could hear their taunts. Every one of their footsteps was like the sound of a war drum. There are days when they are out of sight. During those times, I feel the warm breeze of the Celestial City beckoning me homeward, but even then, I know they are lying in wait.”

Did My Sin Cause My Suffering?

Tony Reinke answers as John Piper in this article at TGC.

Flashback: How Long Have You Been Battling?

It seems to me that God often prefers to work with what is most broken. He loves to display his power with what has been most shattered. 

Sin is us looking for love in all the wrong places. Reflections of God in creation create wonder, but not the satisfaction we really want.

—Steve DeWitt

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    What God Wants You To Forget

    We are never far from reminding God of our credentials, of providing him with a curriculum vitae that lays out all we are, all we have been through, and all we have accomplished for his sake. We are never far from making the subtle turn from grace to merit, from what is freely given to…

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    As you know, I like to do my best to sort through the new Christian books that are released each month to see what stands out as being not only new, but also particularly notable. I received quite a number of new titles in March and narrowed the list down to the ones below. I…

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    This sponsored post was provided by Burke Care, and written by Jen Arend, which invites you to schedule care today with a certified biblical counselor. As the music swells, she begins her descent down the aisle. All eyes are on her, especially her groom. She is radiant, majestic, and filled with beauty. Her gaze meets his tear-filled…

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    Does God Care How You Cook Your Goat?

    It is one of those biblical commands that has always perplexed me. If it appeared just one time in Scripture I might be tempted to pass it by. But it appears no less than three times, in Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26, and Deuteronomy 14:21. The repetition tells me that God is quite concerned that his…