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A La Carte (May 1)


Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection from a bunch of publishers.

Logos users will want to look at the free (and discounted) books of the month.

Why the Apple Card Is the Gleaming Future of Money

This may seem like an article about technology, but it’s more about money and how we spend it. “The Apple Card is only the latest example of how our spending is changing. Money and technology have been holding hands on the park bench for years, just itching to get closer.”

Five Ways the Bible and Economic Principles Are Connected

And speaking of money, here are ways the Bible and economics are related to one another.

A Praying Church and an (almost) Reached People

What a neat story. “I don’t know how it all started, but what I do know is that sixteen years ago someone at Hook Church in London recommended that their church start praying for a lost people group in Chad. This group (the Dadjo) are 99.99% Muslim and out of 60,000 people there is only one known believing family.”

Don’t Let Sexular Culture Leave Women as Also-Rans

Stephen McAlpine continues to share interesting articles on what he calls the “sexular culture.” “Could it be that sport will be the front-runner, so to speak, in alerting us to the fact that gender is not merely a social construct. Could it be that QUT is putting its money where it increasingly finds it impossible to put its mouth, for fear of bringing fire and brimstone down upon its head?”

These Ads Think They Know You

The New York Times found an interesting way to show how ultra-targeted ads work. “Nearly every ad you see online is tailored just for you. These digital ads are powered by vast, hidden datasets that allow advertisers to make eerily accurate guesses about who you are, where you’ve been, how you feel and what you might do next.”

13 Things I Would Tell My 13-Year-Old Self

My youngest turns 13 in a couple of days, so this seems pretty relevant.

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the Equality Act

Joe Carter explains what you should know about the Equality Act.

Flashback: Advance! Priorities for Young Christians

Jesus was full of accomplishments in his childhood, teens, and 20s. His accomplishments were accomplishments of character. His silent years laid the foundation of godly character that would enable and sustain him as he changed the world.

If all your prayers came true this week, who would be converted, whose marriage would be restored, what great gospel advance might there be, and what missionaries would be sent out?

—Kevin DeYoung

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    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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…