A La Carte (May 21)

Today’s Kindle deals are an all-Crossway affair with a few interesting books listed.

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The Best Explanation for Our Spate of Mass Shootings Is the Least Comforting

David French writes, “Writing in 2015, Malcolm Gladwell wrote what I think is still the best explanation for modern American mass shootings, and it’s easily the least comforting. At the risk of oversimplifying a complex argument, essentially he argues that each mass shooting lowers the threshold for the next. He argues, we are in the midst of a slow-motion ‘riot’ of mass shootings, with the Columbine shooting in many ways the key triggering event. Relying on the work of Stanford sociologist Mark Granovetter, Gladwell notes that it’s a mistake to look at each incident independently.”

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves?

“God helps those who help themselves.” We know how not to use this phrase, but in this article we learn how Matthew Henry used it very well.

11 Things to Know about the Doctrine of the Trinity

“If we’re interested in discovering (and maintaining) an orthodox understanding of the Trinity, there are some principles we need to understand. These 11 things you need to know about the doctrine of the Trinity.”

The Copycat Problem

Samuel James writes, “The problem I see is that everyone’s fine talking about guns, but practically no one wants to talk about why, literally hours after the deaths of 10 people, cable news outlets are promoting (yes, promoting) the alleged murderer’s Facebook profile, interviewing his classmates and friends, pasting his name atop the internet, and doing in-depth psychological profiles of his clothing and music. Let’s face it: This stuff is either a celebritization or else it’s a form of pornography, a soft-core concoction of tantalizing details and insinuations that titillate the imagination. Either way, this is a carb-rich media diet for desperate and violent men.”

A Voice for the Voiceless

“On the 25th May Ireland votes to retain in or repeal from its Constitution the equal right to life of the unborn child.” Mark Loughridge writes movingly.

Bishop Curry and His Royal Sermon

This article aptly summarizes both the highlights and the concerns with Bishop Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding. “Did Michael Curry say some things that were true and helpful? Yes. Did he speak too long? For a wedding, probably yes, but every preacher know that temptation. Was it positive to see an African American preaching at a royal wedding? Absolutely. Maybe in the future we’ll see a Chinese or Persian Pastors preaching the Gospel at such an auspicious occasion. Did the bishop say anything unhelpful or untrue? The answer is, yes.” (See also What Would Jesus Say About Bishop Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon?)

Why Landlocked Countries Still Have Navies (Video)

Yes, apparently some do.

Flashback: The Tone Deaf Singer

You can be utterly tone deaf and sing beautiful music in the ear of God when the gospel is dwelling richly within and when you are singing to exult in the Savior.

Because He lives, I can face yesterday. —Jared Wilson