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A La Carte (March 17)


To the person who said hello yesterday when I was out and about: It was great to meet you, however briefly. I apologize that I was “in the zone” and didn’t get out of it on time to get to know you more!

Today’s Kindle deals include some good picks from Zondervan.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Prayer for the Bereaved)

The Internet Is Pornographically-Shaped

“The sense of an absolute kind of power to immediately satisfy any curiosity, any itch, any impulse is intrinsic not to pornography but to the Web. If at the bottom of all pornography use is a fallen desire to be put at the center of our world, to feel favored and loved without any of the sacrifice or coming out of ourselves that such love demands, then the Internet is a machine that exists in a very real sense for the sole purpose of facilitating this fantasy. The Internet does not merely contain pornography. It is a pornographically-shaped entity.”

Updating the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy: A Proposal

Behind the specific details here is a thought-provoking question: What would it meant to change a statement like the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy? And should we consider doing so?

10 Hymns To Sing Through 2022

The songs we sing matter. Truth-filled lyrics sung to beautiful melodies help us recall the promises of God amid the challenges we face and equip us with a foundation of hymns to sing for life! That’s why we’re excited to share our new ’Hymns for 2022’ playlist filled with 10 key songs to sing with your family and to carry for decades to come. Click here to listen to the playlist and download your free ’10 Hymns for 2022’ songbook. (Sponsored Link)

Resentment Rots the Soul: How to Handle Anger So It Doesn’t Diminish Your Self

“It has been said that harboring resentment is like ingesting poison and then waiting for the other person to die. Indeed, resentment rots the soul. It causes the soul, and in some ways the body, to wither on the vine. Thus, if we wish to keep our souls vibrant and our bodies healthy, we must find a way to deal with the temptation toward resentment.”

How Sweet the Sound

This is such a sweet article from Heidi. “It was the weekend of my 21st birthday and I had booked out a bar to celebrate. The room was filled with friends from all walks of life, but my Dad was an honoured guest. We had recently experienced the miracle of rebirth and reconciliation, and we were excited to share the story with anyone who would listen.”

10 tools to help pick a great flick

Here’s some advice on screening out the bad stuff to enjoy the good.

As Long as It’s Healthy

“‘I just got the test results’, she leaned close as we waited in the school hallway. ‘I don’t care if it’s a girl or a boy, as long as it’s healthy.’ My smile weakened, tears pressing as I looked for my child, the one who wasn’t born healthy, instead sporting extra chromosomes and their complications. I knew she had withheld the happy announcement until she was assured that her baby had passed the tests. But what if it hadn’t?”

Flashback: Children Who Bloom in an Instant

A great question deep in the hearts of many Christian parents is why some children bloom quickly when they profess faith while others take much longer. Why is it that some seem to burst into life while others seem to drag?

In the church of God nothing is the source of more mischief than the want of true zeal and liveliness.

—William Plumber

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