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A La Carte (March 30)

It’s Good Friday today, which is a holiday here in Canada. That means I’ll be on light blogging today, posting just A La Carte and Free Stuff Fridays. I hope you enjoy your Easter weekend!

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books–one meant for women and two meant for a general audience.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books)

When Scripture Feels Dry and Lifeless

What should you do in those times when Scripture feels dry and lifeless? Ed Welch answers.

7 Ways Grief Becomes Sinful

This isn’t the kind of article I’d share with someone who is going through a time of great grief. But it is probably a good thing to reflect on in preparing for grief.

Biblical Theology Will Help You See Jesus in All the Scriptures

This is brief introduction to the beauty and value of biblical theology.

The Good Part — Preparing for Old Age and Death

This is worth reading: “Preparing for old age and death is something that hopefully, Christians begin doing when God saves us. Our battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil will rage against us until our last breath, and so we must continually fight against it whether we are 20 or 80.”

Christian Colleges Are Tangled In Their Own LGBT Policies

This article from NPR discusses some of the challenges coming to Christian colleges as they grapple with battles over LGBT policies. “Conservative Christian colleges, once relatively insulated from the culture war, are increasingly entangled in the same battles over LGBT rights and related social issues that have divided other institutions in America.”

Against Child Missionaries

There is much more that can be said on the subject of child missionaries (whether they are missionaries of Jesus or missionaries of some popular cause), but this is at least a good start. “The reality is that many conservative Christians have a deeply flawed view of their own children. They see them as potential deep cover agents for the kingdom, carrying their unwavering beliefs and values into the nooks and crannies of culture where adults can’t fit. The temptation to think of children as just miniature versions of adults—with all the fortitude and none of the career concern—is overwhelming for many, not least because it often works.”

The Bathsheba Syndrome

This is interesting stuff from David Murray: “The article is not written from a Christian perspective but uses the biblical narrative to describe this syndrome because of people’s familiarity with the story. The main points of the research are…”

Flashback: Can I Ask A Dumb Question?

Have you ever said something dumb—something really, really dumb? Have you ever said something so dumb that you cringe to even allow the memory to crawl back into your mind?

‘Til men have faith in Christ, their best services are but glorious sins.

—Thomas Brooks

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.