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A La Carte (May 21)

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Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

We are following up yesterday’s long list of Kindle deals with another good batch today.

(Yesterday on the blog: Stop Swiping, Start Serving)

Theology of Immigration

There is a lot to ponder in Brad Littlejohn’s theology of immigration. “In my estimation, secure borders, national sovereignty, and limited immigration are affirmed by traditional Christian moral theology. Of course, there is nothing sacred about lines on a map; they are human constructions, which serve human goods. But these goods—the goods of hearth and homeland—are not to be despised, for without them we would lose our humanity.”

With Each Passing Moment

Ashley Kim reflects beautifully on those moments that seem to drag on and those moments that seem to fly by.

Christian Catholicity in an Online Age

“The Internet’s generalization of our thinking and language can misshape our instincts in significant ways. I can become more attentive to the problems or controversies that I see online than I am to my own temptations and weaknesses or those of my fellow church members. These dramas may have little to do with the people I live among, but their accessibility creates an illusion of proximity: they feel closer to me than they actually are because the distance between us has been ‘collapsed’ through technology.”

Violent Pornography’s Assault on the Marriage Bed

Speaking of technologies, Joe Carter explains how pornography has led to violence in the marriage bed. This one is hard to read, but it’s important to know what pornography is doing to people.

Heresy That Warrants No Apology

Casey McCall describes the five tenets that one must embrace to avoid heresy in modern Western culture and tells how Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker managed to violate them all.

God Inc.

I’m hoping the “copy free link” will function so you can read this article at the Wall Street Journal. It tells–for good and for ill–how Christian churches and organizations are essentially in the business of “franchising.”

Flashback: How To Tell if it’s a Prosperity Gospel Church

“71 percent of American prosperity megachurches use the image of the senior pastor as the primary advertisement on the church’s homepage.” This is substantially higher than non-prosperity churches and megachurches.

Salvation comes from the Trinity, happens through the Trinity, and brings us home to the Trinity.

—Fred Sanders

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