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A La Carte (May 10)

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With Abby and Nate’s graduation behind us, we are heading back home! The Lord is kind to us.

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God Understands and Is Compassionate Toward Parents of Prodigal Children

Paul Tautges wants parents of prodigal children to know that God is compassionate toward them.

Mother’s Day after Abortion

“At 18, I had had an abortion. For the first three years of my marriage, I had been terrified that God would not allow me to become pregnant again because of the abortion. When I finally became pregnant, I was ecstatic that God had blessed us with this new little life growing inside my womb. At the same time, I was filled with guilt to be recognized as a ‘new’ mom and grief at the thought of how old my aborted baby would be now.”

Cultivating Healthy Rhythms for Ministry

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A Sickness in Pursuing Health

Trevin considers the degree to which we can or should pursue health. As he says in the headline, there can (ironically) be a kind of sickness that comes in pursuing health.

In Defence of Laughter

Chris Hutchison writes about humor and laughter in preaching and beyond. “I agree that we should not use humour to make light of serious matters, particularly in the pages of Scripture. When it comes to preaching, I suspect that a significant portion of my sermons—probably most—don’t include jokes or deliberate attempts to get a laugh.”

Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Personality

“We now inhabit a world where people talk routinely to small bricks of metal, glass, and plastic. And not only are we having words with these silicon wonders—the silicon wonders are talking back. We ask questions, directions, and give orders to these bricks, and the bricks reciprocate. We form relationships of a sort, we make conversation, and increasingly trust what they tell us. But where will this take us?”

The Tragedy of Separating Sex from Relationships

Is it, indeed, tragic to separate sex from relationship.

Flashback: We Have the Light So We Can Be the Light

Who needs me to reflect God’s light today? Who needs me to speak courage to their fear, gladness to their sorrow, encouragement to their despondency?

The weight of sin is heavy, but those who are in Christ know the joy of having that weight removed. We do not face punishment but receive mercy. Even on the hardest of days, that wonderful liberation is worthy of our praise.

—Helen Thorne

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    A La Carte (May 10)

    A La Carte: God understands and is compassionate toward parents of prodigal children / Mother’s Day after abortion / A sickness in pursuing health / In defense of laughter / AI and the problem of personality / The tragedy of separating sex from relationships / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 9)

    A La Carte: How to cope when suffering with depression / How can I be a godly mom? / Am I out of asks? / You can’t outsmart smartphones with teenagers / Zeal for your house has (not always) consumed me / Family is for our humility / and more.

  • Epic

    My Epic Documentary Series Is Now Free to Watch

    In 2020 I teamed up with Zondervan to release Epic: An Around-the-World Journey through Christian History. This is a two-part product that takes the form of an illustrated book and a ten-part documentary video series. Epic is ideal for group studies, homeschool curriculum, and enjoying either alone or with the whole family. I am pleased…

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    A La Carte (May 8)

    A La Carte: Slouching toward Saul / Did the Jews kill Jesus? / The growing boredom toward movies / Expecting temptation before it comes / 5 things prayer has the power to do / A good neighbor / Book sale / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 7)

    A La Carte: How to love every version of your wife / A Christian’s perspective on AI / If God is sovereign, why pray? / Summer break and the challenge of home / Assessing the arguments for and against physician-assisted suicide / and more.

  • Do You Practice

    Do You Practice?

    There is little we are called to in life that is purely intuitive. There is little that truly matters to our lives, yet comes to us innately. To the contrary, almost everything that is important and almost everything that matters requires practice. What matters most in life is love. We are called to love the…