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A La Carte (May 18)

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The God of love and peace be with you today.

It’s Kids Week at Westminster Books, which means there’s a lot of deals on good books for the little ones.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Ministry of Sorrow)

How to Stay When the World Says Leave

This is an insightful little article on people who leave the Christian faith. “Are those who leave church and lose their faith more susceptible to bad habits and decisions? Or does practicing bad habits and making bad decisions leave one more susceptible to losing one’s faith?”

Grace as Deep as the Sea

Greg Lucas: “To my right, standing in the water, is a father scolding his son. I see the boy. His face shows the obvious signs of a syndrome. Sometimes disability is invisible. Sometimes it marks us cruelly and hard. The father is bent over inches from his son’s contorted face.”

2021 Summer Reading: Faith & Fortitude

Redeemed Reader, a site that is a great resource for parents and young readers, is building their summer reading program around my book Epic.

The World’s Hatred is not a Guarantee that You are Following Jesus

Keith Mathison works on the logic some people seem to apply here. “There seems to be a common misconception among many Christians that if the world hates them, it’s incontrovertible proof that they must be doing something right. They must be faithfully following Jesus.”

To Pause Is Divine

“Sometimes, little things become big things, and when it comes to ministry, that may be the truest thing you hear all day next to your daily Bible reading.” Indeed.

The New Tower of Babel

“For good or for ill (mostly for ill), social media is here to stay. The social internet—all of the different ways in which we communicate with others online—is an unprecedented institution of socialization whose only comparable innovation in recorded history is the Tower of Babel.”

Salt

“Everyday conversations. On the road. In the store. Are my words seasoned with salt? Flavored with the gospel? Purified with truth? Salt caught my attention when we were living in a dry and thirsty land. On the way to the beach, we passed white fields of sea salt. Harvested from the Arabian Sea.”

Flashback: Advance! Advance in Favor

The Bible has much to say about living lives that are pleasing to God. Yet the Bible also has much to say about living lives that receive the approval of man. Often, these two go hand-in-hand, and we see this connection in the life of Jesus.

You think you are not as ungodly as others, because you do not swear or drink as others do, but you may be ungodly in murmuring.

—Jeremiah Burroughs

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.