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A La Carte (May 10)

An Open Letter to Someone Having an Affair

Brad Hambrick pens a letter to someone having an affair. “An affair is a relationship built on deceit and artificially fueled by the passion-allegiance of a shared secret and not having to bear the weight of day-to-day life. The story line of ‘forbidden love’ evaporates as soon as there are ‘shared responsibilities’ and no ‘them’ to keep ‘us’ apart.”

Walking Through a Graceless Door

“For centuries the Roman Catholic Church has had Jubilee years. It is a quick way to get many people to Rome. Boost the economy, give exorbitant amount of money to the church and sustain them for decades to come.” As it happens, 2016 is a Jubilee year.

The Coyote and Rightly Assessing Social Media Influence

Mike Leake helps put things in perspective. “As I scroll through my Twitter feed I’m thinking a bit about the coyote. Social media has the capacity to create a bit of coyote in all of us. It’s easy to overestimate our influence. The whole machine is designed to place us at the center of our own little universe. Twitter is especially prone to this.”

Donald Trump’s Feud With Evangelical Leader

This is what Mike referenced in the article (above) with Trump calling out Russell Moore: Trump tweeted “Russell Moore is truly a terrible representative of Evangelicals and all of the good they stand for. A nasty guy with no heart!”

Questions Before You Lead a Meeting

“I want to grow in my ability to lead meetings – to run better meetings, and serve those I am meeting with. Here is my game plan for preparing for meetings that are productive and an encouragement to all who attend.”

This Day in 1886. 130 years ago today, Karl Barth was born. * (You may be interested in D.A. Carson’s Evangelical assessment of Barth.)

Supporting White Christians When They Attempt to Work for Racial Justice

I appreciate this from Jemar Tisby: “Even though ethnic minorities call for white, evangelical Christians to speak up and be allies for racial justice, their sincere attempts to do so often get the side-eye.”

How Much It Costs To Give Birth

This should be a simple question, right? How much will it cost to give birth in this hospital? But no, it turns out very difficult to find answers.

Flashback → Ordinary: Christian Living for the Rest of Us

I will still write this at some point. “I have had far more ideas rejected than accepted. Books on simplicity, the environment, evangelism, pornography and probably many more besides have received the trademark ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ There is one that haunts me: Ordinary: Christian Living for the Rest of Us.”

Stott

Possessions are only the traveling luggage of time; they are not the stuff of eternity. It would be sensible therefore to travel light.

—John Stott

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.