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A La Carte (May 10)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good list that includes various topics across various publishers.

(Yesterday on the blog: Just Forget About Marriage for a Minute!)

Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web

“Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard of the Intellectual Dark Web: There are fundamental biological differences between men and women. Free speech is under siege. Identity politics is a toxic ideology that is tearing American society apart. And we’re in a dangerous place if these ideas are considered ‘dark.’” This is an interesting article from the New York Times.

Hudson Taylor’s Founding of the China Inland Mission

“Do you ever feel overwhelmed by a faith-stretching undertaking to which you sense God is calling you? Here’s how Hudson Taylor worked through such a situation.” He’s worth learning from.

Three Types of Pastors Who Hinder the Church

Here are three types of pastors who, despite their position, actually hinder the church.

The Oldest, Most Ignored Social Media Command

“Most know the major commandments of social media, even if they often go unspoken. For example, ‘Don’t feed the trolls’ is one of the oldest. Yet, despite it being so well known, people frequently find themselves drawn down into the mud by those who have nothing but the worst intentions. But as bad as antagonizing trolls can be, an even more important and ancient social media command is ignored on a regular basis.”

Gentle Spirits, Shrewd Hearts

Rachel Dinkledine writes about some of the harassment she faced working as a registered nurse. Her conclusion at the end of it all is one worth pondering.

How a German City Changed How we Read

Here’s a brief history of how one German city changed the way we read and, in that way, changed the world.

Mom, I’m Such a Sinner!

“God’s grace brings moments into our children’s lives, as He does in ours, when they feel just how bad sin is. It’s never pretty. A wise parent works with the Holy Spirit’s conviction without minimizing the sting of its pain. As we guide our children’s spiritual development, we agree with truth while bringing balance to emotion.”

Flashback: 10 Strengths (and 10 Dangers) of Systematic Theology

To be skillful, accurate theologians, we need systematic theology, but we must also be aware that its strengths are closely related to its weaknesses.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

—Corrie Ten Boom

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    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…