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A La Carte (March 14)

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Grace and peace to you today, my friends.

Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good titles.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Snows, The Deep Snows, the Awful Snows)

Looking for Wisdom Among the ‘Christian’ Gurus

“Dave Ramsey, Jordan Peterson, and Rachel Hollis are, each in their own way, three of our modern gurus. They’re a diverse group that reflects particular personalities of modern culture. Peterson is the philosophical academic, Hollis the Instagram celebrity, and Ramsey the folksy, financial counseling version of Dr. Phil.” That’s an interesting start to an article…

Seeing Dignity Instead of Misery Among the Poor

“I used to assume that life must be joyless for those without all the material comforts that were commonplace to me. When I considered people who had only the clothes on their backs and just enough food for each day, my first and strongest reaction was pity. I felt it often in our early years in Zambia, and that revealed a lot to me about my true priorities. When we equate poverty with misery, our core values are exposed.”

You Preach to Ordinary People

“It is good to remember that your church is not a unique collection of hyper-spiritual elite super saints. Nor is it the strangest and most bizarre collection of people either. You preach to ordinary people.” Here are a few things to remember about ordinary people like you and me.

The Invitation Underneath Unforgiveness

“Children of God are fully forgiven the moment they surrender and receive the atoning work of Christ packaged in the gospel; however, it takes a lifetime both to comprehend such fathomless forgiveness and to become those who forgive like the Father.”

No wrong roads

Here’s the latest column from Janie Cheaney. “Every individual life is a creative, collaborative work between the one who lives it and the One who gives it. In that sense, it doesn’t matter where the path leads or what ground it covers or whether we travel at night or full daylight. What matters is His steadfast love and faithfulness.”

Shepherds of Assurance

Pastors especially may benefit from this article.

Flashback: 7 Rules for Online Engagement

As we learn to engage controversy…we do well to consider how to we can speak with equal parts truth and love—love that is strengthened by truth and truth that is softened by love.

Oh, prodigal, you may be wandering on the dark mountains of sin, but God wants you to come home.

—D.L. Moody

  • The Deconstruction of Christianity

    The Deconstruction of Christianity

    There is nothing new and nothing particularly unusual about apostasy—about people who once professed the Christian faith coming to deny it. From the early church to the present day, we have witnessed a long and sad succession of people walking away from Christianity and often doing so with expressions of anger, animosity, and personal superiority.…

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  • When God Gives Us a Platform

    When God Gives Us a Platform

    There are many ways we may respond to the sudden onrush of some new pain or the sudden onset of some fresh sorrow. There are many options set before us when health fails and uncertainty draws near, when wealth collapses and bankruptcy looms, when a loved one is taken and we are left alone. There…

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